Report explains why Aston Villa board are reluctant to sign Mathieu Debuchy

Aston Villa are reportedly reluctant to pay a loan fee for Arsenal defender Mathieu Debuchy.

According to The Telegraph, the Aston Villa board are reluctant to splash the cash this month - which is putting a deal for Arsenal's Mathieu Debuchy in doubt.

Villa sit bottom of the Premier League table ahead of today's trip to face West Bromwich Albion at The Hawthorns, and are ten points adrift of safety.

Manager Remi Garde needs new signings if he is to have any chance of keeping Villa in the top flight, but it seems that the Villa hierarchy are planning for life in the Championship.

The Telegraph report that the Villa board are unwilling to sanction big-money deals this month - and are reluctant to go through with a loan deal for Arsenal defender Mathieu Debuchy.

The French international right back, 30, has lost his place in the Gunners side to Hector Bellerin, and needs to be playing regularly if he is to have any chance of playing at Euro 2016.

It's suggested that Villa boss Garde wants Debuchy to boost his defensive options, but Villa aren't willing to pay the £1.25m loan fee to sign him, and now risk losing him to German side Bayer Leverkusen.

The report also states that manager Garde is becoming frustrated with the situation at Villa Park, as he hasn't been able to sign new players so far this month, with goalkeeper Lovre Kalinic denied a work permit to complete a move from Hajduk Split.

If the suggestions are correct, Garde could also miss out on Debuchy - which would no doubt agitate Garde even more, as the transfer window heads into its final few days.

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