Yves Bissouma sparks Aston Villa interest as Steven Gerrard looks to further strengthen his squad

Aston Villa takes an interest in Yves Bissouma as Steven Gerrard seeks to strengthen his team after loaning Philippe Coutinho … with Everton full-back Lucas Digne also on the radar at Villa Park

  • Steven Gerrard continues to make his mark on Aston Villa side with signings
  • Brighton defensive midfielder Yves Bisouma is on his radar after a strong season
  • Bissouma, currently absent in Mali, only has 18 months on his contract
  • Wantaway Everton full-back Lucas Digne is also being considered by Aston Villa











Aston Villa have expressed interest in Brighton midfielder Yves Bissouma who is also a potential target for Newcastle United.

Bissouma is in the last 18 months of his contract and is open to departure.

Villa has injured Marvelous Nakamba for three months as Douglas Luiz nears the final 18 months of his contract.

Brighton midfielder Yves Bissouma (right) is attracting interest from Aston Villa this month

Steven Gerrard is working to transform Villa squad after already bringing in Philippe Coutinho

Steven Gerrard is working to transform Villa squad after already bringing in Philippe Coutinho

Bissouma is currently in service with Mali at the Africa Cup of Nations in Cameroon and his performances in the winter tournament will only increase speculation about his future in England.

The 25-year-old midfielder joined Brighton in 2018 from LOSC Lille and was a revelation on the south coast.

He has played over 100 games for the Seagulls and has found himself on the radar of top teams including Liverpool.

Villa’s interest in Bissouma comes as Gerrard looks to make his mark on a team he inherited from Dean Smith mid-season after his sacking.

Mali international Bissouma only has 18 months left for his contract and Brighton is wary of fees

Mali international Bissouma only has 18 months left for his contract and Brighton is wary of fees

Gerrard has already warned the rest of the league by pulling off the loan move from Barcelona playmaker Philippe Coutinho, with whom he played at Liverpool.

The deal, which Villa said on Friday is subject to completion of a medical examination and obtaining a work permit, includes a purchase option.

Villa is currently 13th in the league, but Gerrard is ambitious and wants to build a squad that can challenge Europe.

Bissouma would provide stability in the center of the park to allow players like Coutinho the freedom to attack at will.

Wantaway Everton full-back Lucas Digne (right) is another Gerrard is currently studying

Wantaway Everton full-back Lucas Digne (right) is another Gerrard is currently studying

Villa also has an interest in Bologna left-back Aaron Hickey and Lucas Digne of Everton, who remains an option for West Ham.

Everton boss Rafa Benitez confirmed on Friday that Digne told him he wanted to leave Goodison Park this month following an argument.

Digne fell out with Benitez and hasn’t played a single minute since losing the Merseyside derby on December 1. He was on the bench against Brighton last week out of necessity.

“A few conversations with (Digne), he told me what he thought about it. What do you expect from the manager when the player considers leaving? Said Benitez.

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