Aston Villa have a real need of addressing their defence in the January transfer window if they are to have any chance of achieving their aims this season.
The centre-back position is a priority as they only have James Chester and Axel Tuanzebe as their only recognised options.
And, according to reports in Italy, it appears that Aston Villa could be about to address those concerns with a shock move for a proven Premier League enforcer.
It is understood that Unai Emery is happy to see the former France defender, who is on wages of £90,000-a-week per Sportac, leave the Emirates Stadium as he does feature in his plans.
The report suggests that the Championship side could look to do a loan move for Koscielny, who has continued to recover from an Achilles injury, as Financial Fair Play rules could come into effect if they were to sign him permanently.
Aston Villa and Dean Smith certainly need to reinforce their defence and a move for Koscielny would be a huge coup for the Championship outfit.
The defender is experienced at the highest level and would immediately be an upgrade on whoever they have at the back, should they sign him.
However, it would be a real shock to see the high-earner at Villa Park, as other teams in bigger leagues will likely be interested and those that will be able to pay his wages without being concerned by the rules and regulations.
Although it would be an exciting move, it would seem an extremely unlikely one at this moment in time.
Aston Villa fans – thoughts?