Report: Aston Villa make contact with Marseille's Steve Mandanda, January move targeted

Steve Mandanda

Aston Villa are reportedly pursuing Marseille goalkeeper Steve Mandanda.

According to French source RMC Sport, Aston Villa have made contact over a deal to sign Marseille goalkeeper Steve Mandanda in January.

Villa need January reinforcements if they are to have any chance of staying up, and manager Remi Garde may return to his native France for new signings.

RMC Sport suggest that Garde is targeting a new goalkeeper in the New Year, and has lined up the vastly experienced Steve Mandanda as his first choice.

Current goalkeeper Brad Guzan has come in for stern criticism from Villa supporters this season, and snapping up Mandanda could bring some calm to the Villa defence.

30-year-old Mandanda has racked up over 400 appearances for Marseille since joining from Le Havre back in 2007, but with his contract expiring at the end of the season, he could choose to leave the Stade Velodrome in January or next summer.

Villa are allegedly hoping that they can tempt him to join the club in January, and have already made contact with the veteran shot stopper ahead of the transfer window according to RMC Sport.

A highly-rated goalkeeper with 21 French caps to his name, Mandanda could be a huge signing for Villa, and a coup like that could make a huge difference as Garde's men in their bid to stay up.

It's also suggested that Villa will insert a release clause in any potential contract for Mandanda where he can leave if they suffer relegation, which could be appealing to Mandanda, rather than risk a season in the Championship next term.

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