Bordeaux playmaker Wahbi Khazri reacts to Aston Villa's reported interest in his signature

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The 24-year-old Tunisian has insisted that Villa's current struggles would not necessarily put him off a potential move to the Midlands.

Bordeaux playmaker Wahbi Khazri has told French newspaper Sud Ouest that he is flattered by reports linking him with a move to Aston Villa this month, despite the club’s position at the foot of the Premier League.

Villa manager Remi Garde has reiterated in recent weeks that he is keen to strengthen his struggling side in the winter transfer window and the likes of RMC Sport have claimed that Khazri is at the top of his wishlist.

The former Lyon boss saw plenty of the 24-year-old Tunisia international while coaching in Ligue 1 and even revealed last month that he tried to sign him during his time in charge at the Stade Gerland.

“He's a player that I know well because before he left Bastia for Bordeaux I was interested in him with Lyon,” Gard told the Daily Mail when asked about his reported interest in Khazri.

“He's a good player but I don't know the situation with Bordeaux. I don't want to disrespect the club because he's their player and he's under contract.”

2015-16 Ligue 1 PositionTeamGoalsAssistsKey PassesPassing AccuracyTotal CrossesCrossing AccuracyTotal DribblesDribble AccuracyAppearancesMins Played
Wahbi Khazri MF Bordeaux 5 6 47 78.1% 125 31.2% 52 61.5% 17 1358

With Villa currently sitting 11 points from safety amid a 19-game winless run in the league, it would obviously be understandable if Khazri was reluctant to make the move to the Midlands, but the 22-times capped Tunisian stresses that there are lots of factors to consider when an offer from England is on the table.

“It is not decided like this,” he told Sud Ouest. “We must think about many things. The team that is in last place in the league over there is better than the side that is second or third in Ligue 1 at the moment.

“It is always nice to know that you are being watched, appreciated. But will that turn into concrete offers? We will see. For the moment I am very good at Bordeaux, I have the confidence of the group, the staff, which allows me to enjoy myself here. But in football, it is clear you can never say what tomorrow will bring.

“The English league is like the NBA of football and that's the game I like – open, there is commitment, tackles, it goes for goal, it’s tight, it’s snappy, it’s not calculated. The supporters are superb, the stadiums are full. When you love football, this is where you want to play.”

Khazri originally joined Bordeaux from Ligue 1 counterparts Bastia in July 2014 and has since made 59 total appearances for the club, while recording 15 goals and 13 assists.

The Corsican-born attacker, who earned one cap for France Under-21s before switching his international allegiances to Tunisia in late-2012, has spent most of his time on the wing in recent months but is just as comfortable in a central role.

Villa assistant manager Reginald Ray previously worked with the pacey wide man at Bastia, but whether a reunion will happen in the near future remains to be seen after Bordeaux president Jean-Louis Triaud said this week that it would take a “ridiculously high offer” for the club to even consider selling him.

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