According to a report in the Mirror, Aston Villa are lining up a January deal for Monaco’s experienced midfielder Jeremy Toulalan.
Villa have endured a torrid season thus far, occupying last place in the Premier League with just seven points having gone 16 league matches without victory – an unwanted club record.
With ten points now separating them from safety, Villa may need somewhat of a miracle to survive, but most certainly an addition or two in January to spark some life in to the team.
French coach Remi Garde has plenty of experience of Ligue 1 following a previous stint at Lyon, and reports claim he will go back to the French top-flight in order to seek reinforcements.
“Remi Garde wants Monaco captain Jeremy Toulalan to help him lead a French revolution at Aston Villa. Toulalan, who would cost around £5million, is also wanted by Atletico Madrid,” the Mirror report.
Toulalan possesses bags of experience having played Champions League football with Lyon, La Liga outfit Malaga and Monaco where he has plied his trade since the summer of 2013.
The 36-cap France international would add some much-needed steel to Villa’s midfield as he averages 3.6 interceptions, 2.8 tackles and 2.2 effective clearances per league match this season.
At 32, Toulalan wouldn’t be a long-term option for Villa and he is extremely unlikely to want to feature in the Championship any time soon, therefore a short deal could be on the cards.
Villa need to bolster their ranks and midfield is a particular weakness for them as Idrissa Gueye, Ashley Westwood, Carlos Sanchez and Jordan Veretout have struggled to make an impact so far this term.