It seems Gerard Houllier is preparing to splash the cash when the transfer window opens tomorrow, and is hunting three players to help haul his Aston Villa side back up the Premiership table.
First up is defensive midfielder, Gueida Fofana, who plays for French side Le Harve. Fofana is only 19-years-old, but is said to have a great future ahead of him, and for £1.5m is certainly worth a gamble.
However, Houllier’s targets get a little more ambitious after that, with Arsenal’s Tomas Rosicky also rumoured to be on Villa’s radar. The Czech midfielder has made 12 starts for the Gunners this season, and with a total of 22 appearances is hardly lacking regular first-team action, which might otherwise prompt him to consider moving elsewhere.
This doesn’t seem to have put Houllier off, however, and the Villa boss is believed to be lining up a bid of £7m to test Arsene Wenger’s resolve.
So, the midfield sorted, Houllier will then turn his attention to Villa’s striking options, and will look to replace the departing John Carew with a raid on former club Lyon for striker Bafetimbi Gomis. The 25-year-old has hit 7 for Lyon so far this season, and Houllier will offer £8m for the pacey striker.
For just under £17m, Houllier will hope to plug all the gaps in Villa’s sinking ship, and in welcoming back Richard Dunne and Stephen Ireland to the first team, the boss could be hopeful of having weathered the storm; things at Villa Park could finally be getting back on course again.
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