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Report: Aston Villa and Napoli interested in signing exciting Belgian midfielder Samuel Bastien

Reports in Belgium suggest Aston Villa and Napoli could go head-to-head in a transfer battle for Anderlecht starlet Samuel Bastien.

According to Belgian newspaper La Capitale, as referenced by Spanish publication Estadio Deportivo, Aston Villa, Napoli and Sevilla are all interested in signing Anderlecht midfielder Samuel Bastien.

The report states that a number of high-profile European clubs are tracking the central midfielder, who is contracted to Anderlecht until 2017, but may have to wait for his signature as he is currently on-loan with Serie B side US Avellino.

He has featured seven times in Serie B this season, making four starts and scoring one goal.

Should Aston Villa look to sign Bastien?

Although the Anderlecht midfielder is an exciting talent, he isn’t a priority to what Villa should be looking to add to their squad under new manager Remi Garde.

The West Midlands club have a number of good prospects waiting in the wings, however, lack the experience and quality needed in order to ensure they remain a Premier League side for next season.

This January, the focus for Garde should be on finding replacements for departed key players like Fabien Delph and Christian Benteke, while ensuring the hub of the squad remains together.

If Garde can build on the good point earnt in his first game - the 0-0 draw with Manchester City - and get the club into a good position heading into January then adding the much-needed experience when the window opens could prove pivotal in their fight to save their place in England’s top flight.

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