Aston Villa

Aston Villa defender Frederic Guilbert has agreed a loan move to Strasbourg, Football Insider can reveal.

The 26-year-old has not featured in the Premier League this season after the arrival of Matty Cash in the summer.

A recruitment source has told Football Insider he has now agreed a temporary move to the French side.

Guilbert came close to leaving Villa Park earlier this window only to reject a loan move to Cardiff City at the eleventh hour.

Turkish side Istanbul Basaksehir were also in talks over a temporary deal this month but that also failed to materialise.

This site revealed at the end of December that Dean Smith hoped to offload the Frenchman temporarily until the end of the season.

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With Ahmed Elmohamady’s contract expiring in the summer, Smith wanted Guilbert to return to Villa Park ready to challenge Matty Cash.

Cash has missed just one Premier League game this season due to suspension and was replaced by Elmohamady.

Guilbert moved to Aston Villa at the beginning of last season and established himself as Smith’s first-choice right-back.

However, he fell out of the side when the Premier League restarted in June and started just three games during Project Restart.

This season he has been limited to just two starts in the Carabao Cup and was not able to play in the FA Cup due to a coronavirus outbreak at Bodymoor Heath.

The former France Under-21 international will now return to Ligue 1 where he played over 100 games across spells with Bordeaux and Caen before his move to England.

Strasbourg sit 15th in Ligue 1, nine points above the relegation play-off place.

In other news, Football Insider can reveal Bristol City have agreed to sign Aston Villa ace Henri Lansbury.