Reported Aston Villa target Harold Moukoudi will be sold, manager ordered to exclude him

Aston Villa manager Dean Smith looks on during the Sky Bet Championship match between Aston Villa and Nottingham Forest at Villa Park on November 28, 2018 in Birmingham, England.

Harold Moukoudi could be on his way out of Ligue 2 side Le Havre with Aston Villa keen to bring the defender to the Championship in the January transfer window.

Le Havre's French defender Harold Moukoudi passes the ball during the French League Cup football match between Le Havre (HAC) and Nimes (NO) on December 18, 2018 at the Oceane stadium in...

The Harold Moukoudi to Aston Villa rumours have emerged again this month.

Villa were keen to bring France’s latest defensive starlet to English football in the summer but Moukoudi turned them down, telling France Bleu that he didn’t think he’d fit into the direct style of play employed by manager Steve Bruce.

But with Dean Smith now at the helm, Villa are playing far more technical, expansive football these days that should suit the ball-playing Moukoudi down to the ground. France Football report that he is still a target for the Championship promotion hopefuls.

 

And Villa could be in luck.

Because L’Equipe reports that the 21-year-old has been unwilling to sign a new contract with his current deal due to expire at the end of the season. As a result, Le Havre’s chiefs have ordered manager Oswald Tanchot to stop selecting the talented centre-back with Moukoudi omitted from the Coupe de la Ligue win against Bordeaux this week.

Le Havre's French defender Harold Moukoudi vies for the ball with Nimes' French forward Clement Depres during the French League Cup football match between Le Havre and Nimes on December 19,...

And it is understood that Le Havre want to sell him this month rather than lose him on a free in the summer.

According to the Birmingham Mail, Aston Villa were willing to pay £7 million for Moukoudi last year but it remains to be seen whether he could be available for a little cheaper now.

Villa face considerable competition though with Borussia Dortmund understood to be interested.

Dean Smith manager of Aston Villa looks on during the Sky Bet Championship match between Aston Villa and Stoke City at Villa Park on December 15, 2018 in Birmingham, England.

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