By Will Butcher
Aston Villa are weighing up a move for Belgian defender Bruno Godeau, according to a report.
Belgian news outlet Voetbal Nieuws claim that the 24-year-old interested Premier League side West Ham last season, but is now on Steve Bruce’s radar ahead of a potential January move.
Claudio Reuelens, a freelance reporter for the outlet, also released the news on his Twitter page.
— Claudio Reulens 💻⚽ (@CReulens) January 17, 2017
Standing at a lofty 6ft 3in, the former Belgium Under-21 international is able to play at left-back as well at the heart of defence and could be brought in to replace Aly Cissokho.
Cissokho, 29, has joined Greek champions Olympiakos on loan this month, after failing to make a first-team appearance since the middle of October.
That means cover for first-choice left-back Jordan Amavi is needed, and Godeau could be the man to provide that with two weeks remaining in the January transfer window.
Godeau has made just eight starts for Oostende this season and the Belgian outfit could be looking to cash in on the defender with less than 18 months remaining on his current deal.
Football Insider verdict:
Cover is desperately needed for Amavi. Bruce’s decision to allow Cissokho to leave has left him thin in defence but he now has money to spend after shifting his £24,000 pay cheque off the Villa wage bill. That cash could allow Bruce to purchase Godeau in a cut-price deal as Oostende look to avoid losing their defender on a free in a year’s time. However, Godeau is a complete unknown and although he will have been scouted, he’s still unproven in the British leagues. Targeting players with proven experience in the Championship and Premier League should be considered before moving for Godeau.
In other Aston Villa transfer news, Bruce has seen a bid rejected for this shortlisted Championship midfielder.