Aston Villa reportedly want Mendy, more risky than Butland, Etheridge

Aston Villa manager Dean Smith during an interview with the club media after Winning Promotion to the Premier League at Villa Park on May 28, 2019 in Birmingham, England.

Aston Villa have reportedly registered an interest in Edouard Mendy.

Edouard Mendy of Reims during the Ligue 1 match between Monaco and Reims at Stade Louis II on April 13, 2019 in Monaco, Monaco.

Aston Villa have tied up another signing in Matt Targett, but they still need to bring in more new recruits for Dean Smith, with a goalkeeper needed.

Jed Steer fared well towards the end of the season, but another stopper is wanted at Villa Park, with a whole host of names linked.

The latest is Stade Reims goalkeeper Edouard Mendy, with France Football claiming that Villa have put themselves into the race for the Senegal international.

 

Standing at a gigantic 6ft 6in tall, Mendy has emerged from a forgotten man at Marseille to one of Ligue 1's best goalkeepers and Senegal's first choice, having not even been given one cap before last summer's World Cup.

Mendy has certainly impressed with Reims, but talk of another foreign goalkeeper will leave Villa fans feeling that there's a real risk being taken.

Andre Moreira, Orjan Nyland and Lovre Kalinic have all arrived in the last year, with next to no success for any of them, and it was only when Steer – a goalkeeper with some experience in England – started that Villa really thrived.

Aston Villa manager Dean Smith during an interview with the club media after Winning Promotion to the Premier League at Villa Park on May 28, 2019 in Birmingham, England.

In part though, this is a risk being forced upon Smith. His top two goalkeeping targets are Stoke City's Jack Butland and Cardiff City's Neil Etheridge, but The Sun claim that Villa are being priced out of moves for both players.

Butland is a top goalkeeper whilst Etheridge not only impressed last season but also worked with Smith at Walsall, so it's no great shock to see Villa pursuing the duo given their Premier League experience.

Mendy is a much bigger risk, and will leave fans worrying about another Nyland or another Kalinic, which Villa really can't afford to carry if they're to stay in the Premier League next season.

Jack Butland of Stoke City signals during the Sky Bet Championship match between Stoke City and Sheffield United at Bet365 Stadium on May 05, 2019 in Stoke on Trent, England.

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