Report: Aston Villa battling three Premier League rivals for Ahmed Elmohamady

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Aston Villa are reportedly interested in signing Hull City's Ahmed Elmohamady.

According to the Daily Mirror, Aston Villa will compete with three other Premier League clubs for the signature of Hull City ace Ahmed Elmohamady.

Elmohamady, 28, worked with Steve Bruce at Sunderland before reuniting with him at Hull City, initially on loan in 2012 before completing a permanent deal a year later.

Now, the Egyptian international may be ready to part ways with Bruce following Hull's relegation to the Championship at the end of last season, with Premier League clubs seemingly ready to battle for his signature.

The Mirror report that Aston Villa, Everton, Leicester City and Swansea City are preparing a four-team battle for Elmohamady when the transfer window re-opens again in January.

Elmohamady's versatility to play at right back and on the right of midfield will no doubt be valued very highly by Premier League sides, whilst he has often impressed with his pace and crossing ability down the right hand side.

Many expected Villa to sign a right back over the summer, but manager Tim Sherwood has stuck with Alan Hutton and Leandro Bacuna so far this season, meaning a move for Elmohamady is certainly feasible in 2016.

Yet with Everton, Leicester and Swansea also in the market for depth in defence, Elmohamady could have his pick of a number of Premier League clubs - though the Mirror add that Hull value Elmohamady at around £5m, which could put some suitors off.

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