Report: Aston Villa sporting director wants Michu at Villa Park

Michu

The Spanish forward has not played in over a year because of a serious ankle problem.

Aston Villa are set to begin a new era under the management of Remi Garde and that means new transfer targets for January.

One area they are looking to improve is in attack and a report in the Birmingham Mail today is suggesting that Swansea City outcast Michu might be the man for the job if he can negotiate his release from his contract at the Liberty Stadium.

The Birmingham Mail report that Villa's sporting director Henrik Almstadt is an admirer of the player and that a deal could now get the green light after Tim Sherwood's departure.

Sherwood was of course keen on a deal for his former Tottenham Hotspur striker Emmanuel Adebayor, but that deal no longer looks like happening in January.

Michu was once a revelation at Swansea. A bargain buy in 2012 from Rayo Vallecano he was a superb hit at the Liberty Stadium in the 2012-13 campaign. He scored 22 goals in 43 appearances in his debut season with the club, and earned a cap for the Spanish national team, but his second season was less productive.

He suffered with injury problems throughout the campaign and scored just six goals in 24 games.

He was loaned out to Napoli last season but failed to score in five appearances and he has not played since an ankle operation in October last year.

The Swansea City forward has been training at Spanish fourth division side UP Langreo for the last couple of months as he recovers from his long standing ankle problem - and is reportedly keen on joining the club, according to Diario as.

However a move to another Premier League outfit might convince him otherwise.

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