By Noel Whelan

19th Aug, 2022 | 1:43pm

Aston Villa told to seal Jason Denayer deal after source's 'massive' reveal - pundit

Noel Whelan has backed Aston Villa to sign free agent Jason Denayer after Diego Carlos’ injury blow.

The former Leeds striker, speaking exclusively to Football Insider, suggested a short-term deal for a “quality international” such as the 27-year-old would be ideal.

This site revealed on Tuesday (16 August) that Aston Villa new boy Carlos has been ruled out for the season after rupturing his Achilles tendon against Everton on Saturday (13 August).

According to Spanish outlet Estadio Deportivo (15 August), the Midlands giants are now eyeing a move for free agent Denayer as they look to plug the gap left by Carlos.

The report claims Arsenal fringe star Rob Holding is also a target for Steven Gerrard’s side.

Denayer, whose Lyon contract expired earlier this summer after 139 appearances for the club, has earned 35 caps for Belgium to date.

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Football Insider revealed earlier this month (8 August) that the former Celtic defender had been offered Fulham – with the Cottagers also desperate for defensive reinforcements.

Whelan told Football Insider‘s Ewan Kingsbury: “It’s [Carlos’ injury] a massive setback.

“Carlos was a player who was raved about all over Europe, they’ve pipped clubs to a deal – and now this injury blow leaves Gerrard a centre-back down.

“But Aston Villa will always be looking – to improve, to bring players in. But this area is now a necessity.

“You’ve got to look for quality, for an international, and Denayer fits the bill. He’s a free agent, so you’re not going to be forking out a huge transfer fee.

“Gerrard has got a big decision to make.

“Getting him in on a short-term contract rather than signing someone else for a transfer fee, that would make more sense to me.”

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