By Danny Wright
Aston Villa are hopeful that they can seal a deal for Auxerre midfielder Abdoulaye Sissako, according to a report.
The Sun claims that Villa have had their scouts watch the 19-year-old at the Toulon Tournament while he has been representing France’s youth side.
It is understood that Sissako has two years left on his contract at Ligue 2 outfit Auxerre but the Villa scouts think he has the potential to be good enough for the Premier League in the future.
According to the Sun, German giants Hamburg are also linked with the 11-times France Under-19 international.
He isn’t the only central midfielder currently linked with a move to Villa Park as the Irish Sun have recently reported that Stoke’s Glenn Whelan has emerged as a target for Steve Bruce this summer.
Sissako is yet to become a prominent feature of Auxerre’s first team but still has a good number of senior appearances under his belt.
The teenager played 14 times in all competitions this season and featured in the win over Ligue 1 Troyes in the Coupe De France last August.
Football Insider Verdict
Sissako definitely seems like a bright prospect but Villa fans won’t need reminding of the last time they raided a Ligue 2 club when they snapped up Yacouba Sylla in 2013 from Clermont Foot. However Sissako is a young player who is clearly making impressions at French youth level so there could definitely be some potential waiting to be unearthed in the player. Whelan is a good target for Villa to try to sign to address the problem they have at hand right now but it will not hurt them at all to think about the future a bit and sound out a deal for the Auxerre teen.
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