By Dominic Toner
Free agent Christopher Samba is training with Aston Villa ahead of a possible transfer, according to a reliable journalist.
Telegraph correspondent John Percy has claimed on his personal Twitter account that the 32-year-old defender is currently taking part in sessions with the Midlands giants.
Samba is a free agent after a spate of injuries saw him leave Greek club Panathinaikos in January and could be in line for a return to English football.
The centre-back has previously played with Blackburn and QPR in the past, racking up 171 appearances in the Premier League.
Former Blackburn and QPR defender Chris Samba, now a free agent, is training with #avfc
— John Percy (@JPercyTelegraph) February 21, 2017
Villa are currently struggling defensively and have not kept a clean sheet in their last 11 games across all competitions.
They are 17th-placed in the league table and are just six points above the relegation zone.
It is not stated how serious the interest is in Samba from Steve Bruce’s side but would be able to bring huge experience to the team.
The Congo international has never played in the Championship during his career before, but has played top-flight in England, Russia, Germany and Greece.
Football Insider verdict:
Villa have looked defensively vulnerable in recent matches and are slipping down the table towards a relegation battle. James Chester has established himself as the first-choice centre-back under Bruce, but Tommy Elphick and Nathan Baker have both been rotated. Samba could turn out to be a smart piece of business if the Midlands club can snap up the free agent. The 32-year-old is by no means and old player, but the real problem will arise over his fitness. He is currently only training with Villa and there is no confirmation that a move is on the cards, but it would make sense to sign him to bolster the squad. He can be a powerful and demanding centre-back when fit, something that could be a real asset to Villa. Samba would also be a leader in the defence and could be worth a punt for Bruce.
In other Aston Villa transfer news, Bruce eye an £8million-rated midfielder on a scouting mission.