Aston Villa are closing in on the signing of Mathieu Debuchy, L’Equipe reports.
The Arsenal defender has been looking to leave the Emirates Stadium this season given his lack of football, and Villa are ready to take him until the end of the campaign.
Debuchy wants to be playing consistently to ensure his international chances are not diminished in the run up to Euro 2016 this summer, and he is open to switching to Villa.
The report claims that he has accepted the idea of a loan move to the Premier League’s bottom club, although he has no intention to transfer to Villa permanently given the likelihood of their relegation.
Debuchy has not been in a matchday squad for the Gunners since the start of 2016, and has only been named in one squad in the last seven games.
He is clearly down the pecking order at Arsenal, and his need for first-team football has him willing to switch to a team fighting relegation for the second half of the campaign.
As Debuchy is willing to move to Villa in search of first-team football, he must have been given some guarantees that he will be playing by head coach Remi Garde.
Alan Hutton has been the most consistent right-back selection at Villa Park this season, but he is not of the required quality for the Premier League, and no one will have any qualms with Debuchy coming into the starting XI ahead of the Scottish defender.