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Path clearing for Aston Villa to land ‘technical destroyer’ in bargain deal

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Aston Villa are being linked with dominant midfielder Boubacar Kamara, who could leave Marseille on a free transfer as his contract nears its end.

A host of Premier League sides have at least one physical presence within their midfield ranks. Think Tomas Soucek at West Ham and Wilfred Ndidi at Leicester.

Aston Villa have had questions from fans as to why they did not sign a dominant, defensive-minded midfield player in the summer, according to the Birmingham Mail.

One name that cropped up through the summer was Boubacar Kamara of Marseille.

The France Under-21 international is one of only 10 players under the age of 23 across Europe’s top five leagues to rank in the top 25% for ‘ball winning and ball retention’ according to scouted football.

As such, he has been labelled a ‘technical destroyer’ by one outlet, and seems a perfect addition to Villa’s midfield.

It seems Kamara would provide balance, and allow any of Jacob Ramsey, Emi Buendia and John McGinn to attack freely while he acts as cover in front of the defence.

The Frenchman is valued around £25million, though Marseille are apparently struggling to tie him down to a new deal. With his contract coming to an end, he could go for free at the end of the season.

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It would therefore make sense for Villa to make tracks in signing Kamara. A cheap deal could certainly be on the cards should they decide to test the waters with a January swoop.

Midlands rivals Wolves have been linked with the midfielder, as well as Newcastle and AC Milan. Newcastle reportedly made an offer of €14million in the summer, which was rejected.

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Former Villa star Gabby Agbonlahor feels Villa should sign Ivan Toney from Brentford. The ex-Villa forward views Toney as a quality addition up front alongside Ollie Watkins especially.

Toney has started the season well with Brentford, contributing to four league goals already.

“I think he’s got what it takes to be in a team that’s fighting for Europe,” Agbonlahor said.

“Even somewhere like Villa as a target man, playing with Watkins.”

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