Aston Villa are interested in signing Ivory Coast striker Gervinho, from French Ligue 1 side Lille. With his exstensive knowledge of French football, Houllier has been tracking the player for a few months now and apparently made an enquiry during February.
Gervinho, full name Gervais Yao Kouassi Gervinho, has been in sparkling form for the Fench side, and has scored 11 goals in 22 appearances (1 goal every 2 games!). Naturally, he’s been attracting alot of attention from this side of the Channel.
Newcastle, in their bid to find a replacement for Andy Carroll (and no doubt bouyed by the success of their current Ivorian Cheick Tiote) are apparently interested in the player. Tottenham and Liverpool, are also sniffing around as they look to recurit in readiness for next season’s campaign.
Aston Villa are leading in the race for the 23 year old’s signature, but Lille are not letting him go without a fight! The dreadlocked attacker is valued at £15 million, a price tag which could put off a few possible suitors. With Houllier keen to build his own Villa side, would he be willing to match that price? We’ll see!!
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