Report: Aston Villa preparing surprise £5m bid to sign out-of-form Celtic ace Stefan Johansen

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Aston Villa are reportedly ready to bid £5m for Celtic midfielder Stefan Johansen.

According to The Scottish Sun, Aston Villa are plotting a £5m move to sign Celtic midfielder Stefan Johansen - but manager Ronny Deila wants to keep him in Glasgow.

Villa edged past Wycombe Wanderers in the FA Cup on Tuesday night, winning their replay 2-0 at Villa Park, but the attention turns back towards their fight against relegation this weekend, as they take on local rivals West Bromwich Albion away from home.

Villa currently sit ten points adrift of safety in the Premier League, with Remi Garde's men sitting bottom of the table after just two wins this term.

If Villa are to have any chance of staying up, they will need new signings this month, and Garde has so far failed to bring any new faces to Villa Park.

However, The Scottish Sun report that Villa are preparing a £5m move to sign Celtic midfielder Stefan Johansen during this month's transfer window.

Johansen, 25, joined the Bhoys from Stromsgodset in his native Norway back in January 2014, and he was vital for Ronny Deila's men last season, smashing 13 goals in 56 games from midfield to fire Celtic to the Scottish Premiership title.

This term though, Johansen hasn't quite been himself, and whilst a lingering back issue has been troubling, he's simply been out of form for the first half of the season, scoring just four goals in 25 games this season.

With 18 months left on his contract, it's stated that Aston Villa are hoping to lure Johansen to the Premier League with a £5m offer - but they won't land him easily.

It's stated that Bhoys manager Deila - who worked with Johansen at Stromsgodset - is keen to keep Johansen at Celtic Park, and even wants to offer him a new contract to ward off Villa's interest.

Should Celtic sell Johansen to Aston Villa?

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