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Report: Christopher Samba to join Aston Villa for pre-season; is there room for Terry too?

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Aston Villa are reportedly taking another look at defender Christopher Samba this summer.

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According to the Birmingham Mail, free agent defender Christopher Samba is set to take part in Aston Villa's pre-season programme as he bids to win a contract.

When Villa were short of defenders back in February, manager Steve Bruce decided to hand a trial spell to centre back Samba, who had been released by Panathinaikos in January 2017.

QPR's Christopher Samba  celebrates at the end of the matchChristopher Samba celebrates

The 33-year-old had made his name in the Premier League with Blackburn Rovers before heading to Russia with Anzhi Makhachkala, but he quickly returned to England with Queens Park Rangers – and just as swiftly headed back to Russia with Dinamo Moscow.

His move to Panathinaikos last summer didn't reap the desired rewards, and the giant defender – who stands at 6ft 4in tall – is now hoping to win a contract with Villa as he will get another chance to shine.

QPR's Christopher Samba  and Norwich's Wes Hoolahan (R) in actionChristopher Samba and Norwich's Wes Hoolahan (R) in action

After spending the final three months of the Championship season training with Villa, the Birmingham Mail now report that Samba will be included in Bruce's pre-season preparations.

That means that the Congo international will be training with Villa and featuring in pre-season friendlies, in the hope of showing his fitness and quality to ultimately win a deal at Villa Park.

Chelsea's John TerryJohn Terry

However, Samba isn't the only veteran centre back being chased by Bruce, with The Mirror reporting over the weekend that Villa are battling city rivals Birmingham for John Terry's signature.

Terry, 36, is a free agent having left Chelsea this summer, but with James Chester and Nathan Baker already at Villa Park, there may only be room for one of Samba or Terry in Bruce's squad, and with lower financial demands and a pre-season schedule to impress in, Samba will hope that he can be the man to bring experience to the Villa defence.

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