Aston Villa reportedly in talks to sign Odion Ighalo and also considering Khouma Babacar

Aston Villa have been linked with two potential new strikers to replace the outgoing Christian Benteke.

According to Italian football journalist Gianluca Di Marzio Aston Villa have two players on their radar as they attempt to replace Christian Benteke.

A report from the BBC this weekend claimed the Belgian international would have a medical in the next 48 hours after Villa and Liverpool agreed to a £32.5million move; and it seems manager Tim Sherwood is wasting no time seeking out replacements.

Di Marzio claims Villa are in ongoing talks with Watford over a proposed move for 26-year-old Nigerian international Odion Ighalo, who scored an impressive 20 goals in 35 Championship matches last season.

His form earned him his first cap for Nigeria in March this year and with two years left on his current contract he is unlikely to come cheap. That said if Benteke does move on Villa will not be short of cash.

As well as Ighalo, the same report claims Villa are also tracking Fiorentina front-man Khouma Babacar despite the fact the 22-year-old recently signed a new long-term contract in Italy.

Babacar has scored 13 goals for Fiorentina and also had 20 goals in 42 appearances for Modena, and Di Marzio claims that while negotiations would be tricky Villa have not given up hope of bringing the Senegalese striker to England.

In truth Igahalo looks far more likely to move for a whole number of reasons, not least his experience in England, his fine form last season and the fact that he has two years less remaining on his contract than Babacar.

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