Report: Aston Villa take lead in Seydou Doumbia transfer race, offer loan deal with view to £6.8m signing

Villa would have an option to buy the Ivorian should they retain their Premier League status.

It appears that Aston Villa are more than hopeful of bringing in Mathieu Debuchy from Arsenal this month and now another big name has been linked with a move to Villa Park.

The player in question is Seydou Doumbia - who has also been linked with a heap of other Premier League teams.

The Ivorian striker is set to leave Roma this month after a disappointing stint with the Giallorossi and plenty of clubs have been credited with an interest.

Calcio Web in Italy suggested earlier this week that Fenerbahce are in pole position to sign Doumbia - but that Aston Villa are not far behind in the battle for his signature.

Now it is being exclusively reported by Calcio Mercato in Italy that Villa are the front-runners for his signature and that a bumper loan deal has been offered for the player.

The report claims that Villa have offered Roma a deal that would see them pay 100 per cent of Doumbia's wages until the end of the season. They will also have a €9 million (£6.8 million) buy-out clause put into the deal - if they somehow survive the drop from the Premier League.

Doumbia would add some attacking prowess to an Aston Villa side who desperately need goals in their unlikely bid for Premier League survival.

Doumbia scored goals for fun with CSKA Moscow in Russia but has struggled to make any impact in since his 2015 move to the Italian capital.

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