By Danny Wright
Aly Cissokho will complete his exit from Aston Villa on Wednesday, according to a report.
The Mirror claims in their live transfer blog on Monday [06:28am] that the 29-year-old defender will join Turkish top-flight side Yeni Malatyaspor.
It is understood that Villa are having to sell players in order to bring in new ones this summer to comply with Financial Fair Play regulations.
Cissokho is said to have no place in Steve Bruce’s plans at Villa Park, and with just one year left on his contract, is being sold in order to bolster his transfer and wage budget.
The Frenchman is set to be the second defender to leave Aston Villa within a matter of days as Nathan Baker has recently been sold to Bristol City.
Turkish-Football has previously reported that personal terms had already been agreed between the left-back and Yeni Malatyaspor, and all that was holding up the deal was an agreement between the two sides.
However it now appears that Villa and newly-promoted Malatyaspor have completed their negotiations, bringing to an end Cissokho’s three-year stay in the West Midlands.
The one-time France international earned a total of 58 appearances for Aston Villa and was sent out on loan to both Porto and Olympiakos.
The former Liverpool and Valencia man featured just 12 times for the Villains in the Championship last season before he was shipped out to Greece for the second half of the season.
Football Insider Verdict
Cissokho is one of many pieces of deadwood that Bruce has been tasked withe the job of shipping out this summer. Although he might not pick up a big transfer fee, Cissokho was probably one of the higher earning players in his side as he joined from Spanish giants Valencia a few years ago. The Frenchman has a history of playing for some of Europe’s better clubs, but his fall from grace in the past few years has been astonishing. He barely got into the Villa and Olympiakos sides last season and now it appears that a move to one of the Turkish Super Lig’s weaker sides is his only option. Bruce might need to find another left-back this summer if he sells Jordan Amavi too.
In other Aston Villa news, Tony Xia has responded to the reported interest in a defender of one of Villa’s local rivals.