Report: Aston Villa and Sunderland want Frederic Guilbert, could wait for free transfer in 2017

Bordeaux's Frederic Guilbert during training

Aston Villa and Sunderland are reportedly keen on Bordeaux defender Frederic Guilbert.

Bordeaux's Frederic Guilbert during trainingBordeaux's Frederic Guilbert during training

According to a report from French Football, Aston Villa and Sunderland are both keen on Bordeaux full back Frederic Guilbert - but may wait until January.

Guilbert, 21, spent time with Caen and AS Cherbourg before earning a 2014 move to Bordeaux, making 20 appearances for their 'B' team to earn a spot in the first team setup.

General view - Stadium of Light Sunderland

Guilbert made 34 appearances for Bordeaux in all competitions last season, and spent most of his time playing at either right back or centre back as he impressed with the Ligue 1 side.

Now, Guilbert's appearances seem to have triggered interest, with France Football claiming that Aston Villa and Sunderland are both keen to land the defender.

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Villa splashed the cash on players in France last summer, as Jordan Amavi, Jordan Veretout, Idrissa Gueye and Jordan Ayew arrived from Nice, Nantes, Lille and Lorient respectively - and whilst the season ended in relegation, Villa appear keen to bring in players from France again.

Meanwhile, Sunderland enjoyed great success with two recruits in January, as Lamine Kone and Wahbi Khazri starred after moves from Lorient and Bordeaux, meaning manager Sam Allardyce could look towards French football for further additions.

General view before the game - Villa Park

Whilst it's believed that both clubs are keen on Guilbert, a summer move may not be on the agenda - as either team could land him for nothing in January.

Guilbert's contract with Bordeaux expires in the summer of 2017, meaning he's available to sign a pre-contract agreement as soon as the transfer window opens in January.

It's claimed that Aston Villa and Sunderland are both keeping tabs on the situation, so whilst they appear to be interested in landing the defender, a move may not materialise before 2017 begins.

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