Report: Aston Villa eyeing former West Ham United midfielder Morgan Amalfitano


The ex-West Bromwich Albion playmaker is currently a free agent after leaving West Ham by mutual consent in October.

Aston Villa are set to rival Lille for the signature of former West Ham United midfielder Morgan Amalfitano, according to RMC Sport.

Amalfitano, 30, is currently a free agent after leaving West Ham by mutual consent in October following a falling out with manager Slaven Bilic over a “breach of club rules”.

The French playmaker, who only signed a new two-year deal at the Boleyn Ground in March, has since been linked with a number of sides, and the latest reports suggest that Lille have been in contact with him about a return to Ligue 1.

However, RMC Sport claims that the former Marseille man could be tempted back to England instead when the winter transfer window opens next month, with Villa manager Remi Garde also said to have reached out to him amid his efforts to bolster his struggling side.

Premier League TeamSeasonGoalsAssistsKey PassesPassing AccuracyTotal Crosses MINSCrossing AccuracyTotal Dribbles MINSDribbling AccuracyAppearancesMins Played
Morgan Amalfitano West Brom 2013-2014 4 3 45 79% 12.08 26% 24.17 40% 28 2,151
Morgan Amalfitano West Ham 2014-2015 3 1 10 79% 17.61 16% 38.06 45% 24 1,180

Amalfitano has already played one season in the Midlands previously, having spent the 2013-14 campaign on loan at West Bromwich Albion from Marseille, before later securing a permanent switch to the Premier League in September 2014 when he joined West Ham for an undisclosed fee.

The one-time capped international went on to record three goals and three assists in 32 total appearances during his time in east London, while showing several flashes of brilliance, but his inconsistent performances saw him fail to establish himself as a regular starter.

Nevertheless, with his playmaking skills, Premier League experience and ability to play a variety of midfield positions, he could well end up proving a solid addition for a Villa side that have struggled to create chances throughout the season, while the lack of a transfer fee also comes as an obvious bonus.

However, whether Garde can convince his compatriot to come to the club in their current predicament – 10 points from safety at the bottom of the table after taking just seven points from 17 games – obviously remains to be seen.

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