Aston Villa's defensive nightmare has been well-documented, and one of their top targets has explained why he snubbed a move to Villa Park.
Villa saw John Terry leave the club when his contract expired this past summer, as did Christopher Samba, leaving Mile Jedinak to play as a makeshift centre back.
Villa did though attempt to bring in centre backs before the loan deadline on August 31st, but they couldn't secure either of their two young targets in the final hours.
Aberdeen rejected Villa's offer for Scott McKenna, whilst Le Havre talent Harold Moukoudi flat out refused a move to Villa Park after holding talks.
Moukoudi, 20, has come up through the Le Havre ranks in recent years, and has emerged as one of the top young French defenders, sparking interest in Britain and in Ligue 1.
Villa attempted to secure his signature, offering a loan deal with a permanent clause for January, but Moukoudi rejected the offer and chose to stay with Le Havre.
Moukoudi has this week explained his decision, telling France Bleu that he saw great facilities, but felt Villa's football was not the same as what he has been playing in France.
Villa fans took that to mean that Moukoudi didn't want to play in Steve Bruce's direct style of play and slammed their under fire boss on Twitter for failing to secure the deal, laying the blame at his feet.
In simple terms ,Aston Villa are a massive club with great training facilities and stadium but I didn't want to play under that useless Steve Bruce— Fisha (@craigfisha) September 12, 2018
Totally agree with him nobody does our football in this league well not in any league tbt. Bruce is a dying breed hopefully not be here much longer— andy (@andy59967602) September 12, 2018
The Bruce effect— Kieran (@Kiez__) September 12, 2018
So Moukoudi proving that Steve Burce isn't that magical after all. Basically thought the way we play football is abysmal LOL. #avfc— BSN (@S1ngh32) September 12, 2018
"Aston Villa? I saw huge, impressive infrastructure. I had the feeling that their football and ours were not the same."— Paul Edwards (@TheRealPaulE) September 12, 2018
Moukoudi didn't fancy a season or two of hoofing then... #avfc https://t.co/lwN8mPeuHh
He does go on to be kind & say that it was too soon in his career to move abroad, but I think we are perfectly safe to assume that this young man would have taken the risk if he was moving to play under a young, progressive manager who was as impressive as the club itself. #AVFC https://t.co/Nulm82FR36— Jess (@jhavfc) September 12, 2018
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