Aston Villa media round-up: Advanced discussions for Charbonnier, Gomis targeted

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A selection of stories in the media involving Aston Villa in the last 24 hours…

Another Ligue 1 talent could be set to join the Villans, with Get France Football reporting that the club are in a three-way tussle with FSV Mainz and Hamburg for Reims forward Gaetan Charbonnier.

The report claims all three clubs are in ‘advanced discussions’ for the 26-year old, and it’s unclear who leads the chase at this stage.

Aston Villa and Tottenham Hotspur are in the hunt for Swansea City striker Bafatimbi Gomis, according to The Sun.

The Frenchman has started the season on fire - bagging four goals in four games - and could be available in a cut-price deal, with the Sun claiming he has a release clause of just £7 million.

Meanwhile, Villa youngster Riccardo Calder will join SPL side Dundee United in the next 24 hours, as reported by the Birmingham Mail.

The 19-year old is highly-regarded at Villa Park and the loan is seen as a chance to gain valuable experience with an eye on a spot in the Villa first-team for the 2016/17 campaign.

FourFourTwo report that Tim Sherwood will allow Charles N’Zogbia to leave if the right offer comes in.

The Frenchman has yet to feature for Villa this season and Sherwood suggested his game time would be limited should he remain at the club, stating: "He is not going to play on a regular basis here so if something becomes attractive to him here then we can have a conversation and will talk about it."

Finally, the Villa boss has also talked up the influence of Gabby Agbonlahor, after the striker’s indifferent start to the season.

"Gabby has got a huge part to play," said Sherwood, in quotes published by talkSPORT.

"He's club captain. I don't underestimate the role he plays at this club. It's crucial for a manager to have some lieutenants.”

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