Report: Stoke City favourites for Guessouma Fofana - but why do Aston Villa want him?

Aston Villa manager Steve Bruce

The Amiens midifelder is reportedly on his way to Stoke City but it's interest from Aston Villa that raises the most questions.

Stoke City have moved ahead of Aston Villa in the pursuit of Ligue 2 star Guessouma Fofana, Courrier Picard report, but where would Steve Bruce find room for him in the side?

The 24-year-old has impressed in an otherwise mid-table Amiens side in the French second tier this season with his performances reportedly earning admiration from a number of clubs this side of The Channel.

L’Equipe claimed recently that Stoke had an offer turned down by Fofana’s current club, with Aston Villa and fellow Championship outfit Norwich City also expressing an interest having scouted the midfielder on a number of occasions.

Stoke City manager Mark Hughes

However, Courrier Picard report that The Potters remain at the front of the queue and hope to complete the deal before the end of the transfer window, meaning Villa will have to act fast.

Bruce’s side have been relentlessly linked with midfielders throughout the month, with Henri Lansbury and Conor Hourihane both in their sights, according to the Express and Star, though there is no shortage of suitors for two of the Championship’s most influential midfielders.

However, if Villa do indeed nab either Nottingham Forest’s or Barnsley’s key man in the coming weeks, they will not be short of options in the midfield area with the likes of Mile Jedinak, Ashley Westwood, Gary Gardner and Aaron Tshibola already fighting for places in Bruce’s 4-4-2.

Aston Villa manager Steve Bruce

Therefore, the fact that Fofana can play at centre-half and right-back could be a major factor behind Villa’s interest, with Villa lacking in strength in depth in either position.

Consequently, it may be that valuable versatility that has convinced Bruce to make his move.

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