Aston Villa know that, with the right backing during the January transfer window, they could be in-line to surge into the play-off places.
Currently sitting just outside the top six right now, Villa will hope to improve their squad and specifically their problem area in defence.
For a team who aspire to reach the Premier League, they need more defensive cover to do so, with limited options in every position.
Centre-back is the biggest issue with James Chester and Axel Tuanzebe being the only recognised players in that position.
With Micah Richards surely set to leave as well, Villa could make a bold move to try and sign West Ham’s Angelo Ogbonna.
The big, Italian defender, (who is valued at £7.2 million on Transfermarkt) is exactly the kind of player who would improve Aston Villa and, without regular game-time at West Ham, he could be ready to move away.
Having failed in their bid to get James Collins into the club after the former West Ham man got injured, they could raid the Hammers again for an even better, younger defender.
The 30-year-old has been capped 13 times by Italy, which demonstrates he cannot be a bad player if he was called up by a country with a lot of quality to choose from.
This season, he has made eight appearances. Whilst keeping one clean-sheet during that time, Ogbonna has popped up with two headed goals in the EFL Cup, which shows he isn’t just a keen defender, he is ready to make an impact at the other end of the pitch as well.
It could potentially be a tricky move to negotiate with West Ham lacking in defensive cover themselves but Ogbonna could make a real difference at Villa Park, if they try hard enough to get him.
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