Report: Aston Villa plotting loan swoop for Arsenal defender Mathieu Debuchy

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Remi Garde's side's very slim hopes of survival surely depend on whether they can make several improvements during the January transfer window.

Aston Villa are plotting a loan swoop for Arsenal defender Mathieu Debuchy, The Sun reports, as Remi Garde desperately tries to improve the club's very bleak survival hopes.

The right-back wants to leave the Emirates after falling below Hector Bellerin in the pecking order, and with time to prove that he deserves a place in France's squad for the European Championships on home soil running out, it appears that Debuchy will have to move on during this window.

Remi Garde is hoping that his countryman will look favourably at the possibility of a temporary switch to Villa Park. However, The Sun claim that the Villains will have to see off competition from their Midlands rivals West Brom if they wish to complete a move.

With Garde's first choice right-back, Alan Hutton being one of several members of the current Villa side struggling for any kind of form, there is little question that the 30-year-old would enjoy a much more prominent role in the first-team should he join the Villains. 

Nevertheless, with the club rooted to the bottom of the Premier League, 11 points adrift of safety, Debuchy will still have to do a lot to convince Didier Deschamps that he is deserving of a starting spot when France kick off their Euro 2016 campaign against Romania in June. 

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