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24th Jul, 2016 | 12:43pm

Aston Villa to fight Championship rivals for international target man – report

By Will Butcher

Aston Villa are the latest club to be linked with a move for Nantes striker Yacine Bammou, after he was told to leave the Ligue 1 outfit.

Manager Rene Girard has become disillusioned with his Moroccan international, after scoring just nine goals in two seasons for Nantes.

French newspaper L’Equipe claim that Aston Villa are interested in acquiring his services, with Yorkshire giants Leeds also said to be keen on Bammou. At the moment though, L’Equipe claim that Toulouse FC are favourites for his signature.

After a disappointing season, the 24-year-old has been put on the transfer list by Girard and could be ready to move abroad for the first time in his playing career.

It is said Brighton and Wolves are also keen on the rangy forward, who has accumulated three international caps. The former Lucon striker is contracted to the club until the summer of 2019.

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Bammou has been a regular for Ligue 1 side Nantes since his arrival in 2014 and has made 77 appearances, scoring nine goals and supplying six assists.

Although not a prolific scorer, Bammou is very effective as a target man and his physicality could be well suited to the rigours of the Championship.

Manager Roberto Di Matteo is keen to bring in a striker this summer after his side managed just 27 Premier League goals last season. The Champions League winning boss has had a £5million bid rejected by Bristol City for Ivorian striker Jonathan Kodjia.

In other Villa news, Tottenham manager Mauricio Pochettino is looking to poach this Villa youngster from Di Matteo’s youth academy.