Villa interested in Brighton’s Bissouma

Aston Villa are interested in Brighton midfielder Yves Bissouma as he enters the final 18 months of his contract. 

Bissouma, 25, is with Mali ahead of the Africa Cup of Nations, which starts on Sunday – live on Sky Sports.

In his news conference on Thursday, Brighton manager Graham Potter said he expects all his players to stay at the club in this wndow.

Villa have already agreed a deal to bring Barcelona midfielder Philippe Coutinho back to the Premier League on loan.

The agreement, which is subject to the player completing a medical and receiving a work permit, also includes an option to buy and Coutinho will travel to Birmingham in the next 48 hours.

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Villa are paying less than 50 per cent of Coutinho’s weekly wage, plus bonuses, Sky Sports News has been told.

It is understood that Villa are also interested in signing a left-back this month, with Bologna’s highly-rated Scottish defender Aaron Hickey under consideration.

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The 19-year-old left-back moved to Italian side Bologna in the summer of 2020, after breaking through at Hearts.

He has played 19 games in Serie A already this season, scoring four goals.

Gerrard was originally impressed by Hickey’s performances for Hearts against his Rangers team in Scotland, and is understood to believe he could adapt well to the Premier League.

Asked about the club’s hunt for a left-back on Thursday, Villa boss Gerrard said: “We’re analysing a few different positions, in our team and in our squad where we can look to strengthen.

“That is happening behind the scenes, there’s nothing to report in terms of individual names or areas of what’s going on.”

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