Sunderland are interested in Aston Villa midfielder Aaron Tshibola following an 18-month loan spell at Kilmarnock.
FootRDC report that the Premier League side are keen to part with the midfielder, and that a bid of €3m (£2.76m) will be enough to tempt Villa to let go of the former Reading player, with Sunderland interested in Tshibola.
The DR Congo midfielder has only played 10 times for Aston Villa since joining in the summer of 2016, going out on loan to three different teams (per Transfermarkt).
Although Tshibola’s experience with Villa has been uninspiring, to say the least, based on his limited game time with the Birmingham-based club, the international midfielder could be a welcome addition to Jack Ross’ side heading into the final month of the transfer window.
As a scout report video from MK Dons’ official website shows, Tshibola is a midfielder that can do a little bit of everything on the pitch. They suggest the Villa man can break up play with neatly timed tackles as well as use his dribbling to progress the ball into the attacking third to cause problems for the opposition.
Indeed, WhoScored actually cite tackling as one of his main strengths, which could be helpful for a Sunderland engine room to have lost both Lee Cattermole and George Honeyman, with both of those players noted also noted for their ability to break up play by the analysts.
As well as being comfortable on and off the ball, Tshibola proved to be a useful player for Kilmarnock in the one-and-a-half seasons the midfielder played for the Scottish side, playing 37 times top-flight games for Killie and playing all across the midfield as positional stats from Transfermarkt show.
With Sunderland losing Cattermole this summer following the expiration of his contract, a big hole needs to be filled in the heart of the Black Cats midfield after he made 36 appearances last season, and although the signing of George Dobson was seemingly made to combat this problem, signing an extra midfielder would not harm them after Honeyman also left.
Indeed, with Tshibola playing regular first-team football in Scotland and an international for the DR Congo, the midfielder could be a welcome addition to Sunderland with under a month of the transfer window left to go.
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