Aston Villa will announce officially the capture of Under 21 International Yacouba Sylla today.
Lambert & the club have gone completely under the radar to sign the promising Frenchman. A string of clubs had been looking at the defensive midfielder including QPR, Newcastle, Fulham, Stuttgart, Udinese & Man City.
Twitter source @GFNFrance broke the news of the Midlands outfit being very close to signing for the club for around £1.75m.
Former Villa boss Gerard Houllier gave Birmingham Mail’s Mat Kendrick the lowdown on Aston Villa’s new signing Yacouba Sylla:
“He’s a good defensive midfielder, sometimes he can play a little bit further up,” Houllier told the Birmingham Mail. “He is very strong and powerful and he is one of the best players in their team.
“The French Ligue 2 is a similar standard to the Championship. I have spoken to one or two people at Clermont and they say that he can play at a higher level, certainly at Ligue 1 in France.
“He can either play in front of the defence as a sitter or he can play in a defensive midfield triangle.
“Clermont have a good reputation for supplying players for Ligue One in France and he would have made that step up next season.
“In England , in the Premier League at Aston Villa it will be a massive challenge for him, but he is thought of in France as a very promising player.”
Source – Birmingham Mail