Report: French side identify replacement for alleged Aston Villa target Yacine Bammou

Olympique Lyon's Jordan Ferri in action against Nantes' Yacine Bammou (L).

Nantes are reportedly planning a swoop for Ishak Belfodil as a potential replacement for Yacine Bammou.

Olympique Lyon's Jordan Ferri in action against Nantes' Yacine Bammou (L).

According to reports from Butfootballclub.fr, Nantes are preparing to make a swoop for Ishak Belfodil as a potential replacement for Yacine Bammou.

Despite playing a key role in helping Nantes reestablish themselves in the French Ligue 1 over the past few seasons, Bammou has been deemed surplus to requirements by manager Rene Girard ahead of the upcoming campaign.

While Bammou may not be required by Nantes, a number of English sides are said to be keen on recruiting the Moroccan international this summer.

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Recently, reports from L'Equipe had claimed that Aston Villa had registered an interest in signing Bammou and that the Championship club would be ready to swoop in for the 24-year-old for a reasonable price.

Now as a potential boost to Villa’s hopes of securing the services of Bammou, reports from Butfootballclub.fr have claimed that Nantes are lining up a replacement for the striker in the form of Belfodil.

While Nantes are currently facing something of a crisis in terms of numbers in attack due to the lack of match fitness of duo Emiliano Sala and Kolbeinn Sigthorsson, the chase for Belfodil is a strong indication that they are ready to get rid of Bammou and Villa now certainly stand a good chance of signing the towering attacker.

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