Remi Garde drops hint when asked about Aston Villa's interest in Gent striker Laurent Depoitre

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Remi Garde has suggested Aston Villa may be interested in Laurent Depoitre.

Aston Villa manager Remi Garde has told the Birmingham Mail that he thinks Gent striker Laurent Depoitre is a 'good player' amid speculation of a January move.

Villa go in to tonight's game at Newcastle United sitting bottom of the table with only one win to their name, and having picked up just six points from 16 games, Garde needs a miracle to keep the club in the top flight.

Part of Villa's problem has been scoring goals since the summer sale of Christian Benteke to Liverpool. With just 13 goals scored, no Premier League club have found the back of the net on fewer occasions than Villa this season, with their summer signings struggling so far.

The likes of Jordan Ayew and Remi Gestede have failed to replace Benteke's goals, and fans want to see a new striker brought in during the January transfer window.

Recent reports from the Daily Mail suggested that Villa have identified Gent striker Laurent Depoitre as a potential target, having made an impressive start to the season.

Depoitre, 27, is something of a late bloomer in Belgian football, but he has become a key player for Gent since his 2014 move from Oostende, and his seven goals in 24 games - as well as one goal in one game for Belgium - have triggered interest.

The 6ft 3in target man has been playing in the Champions League for Gent this season, helping them stun Lyon and Valencia by qualifying from their group for the group stage - and now, Villa boss Garde has told the Birmingham Mail that he is well aware of what the powerful striker can do.

"He is a good player, he has had very good matches in the Champions League. Yes, I know him," said Garde, hinting at a possible move for Depoitre.

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