Aston Villa speaks with Moussa Dembele, Lyon player

Aston Villa have opened talks with Moussa Dembele’s representatives ahead of a possible January move, 90 minutes understand.

The Villans are keen to sign a new striker after West Ham United Terms agreed to sign Danny Ings for £15m, with the Hammers keen to seal the deal before a sextuple relegation this weekend against Everton.

Inges’ departure has led to interest from Aston Villa in striker Dembele – a player whose current contract at Olympique Lyonnais is set to expire in the summer.

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While a deal can be made to sign the player to a pre-contract prior to his free agency, 90 minutes He understands that Aston Villa is evaluating the possibility of signing Dembele in January.

The French striker has had a difficult season at Lyon in 2022/23, making just six Ligue 1 appearances and scoring two mediocre goals. Prior to that, however, Dembele had hit the net on a regular basis – particularly during the 2021/22 season where he scored 21 goals in 30 league appearances.

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