By Amir Mir
Aston Villa defender Aly Cissokho is set to make a loan move to Olympiacos in the next 24 hours, according to a report.
The Birmingham Mail claim the left-back has attracted interest from the Greek club who have since held talks with his representatives.
The 29-year-old has not featured for the Championship club since their away win at Reading in October when he conceded a penalty for the second consecutive game.
As a result, Jordan Amavi has been preferred by manager Steve Bruce, with the youngster impressing in recent months.
It is said that Villa are likely to make a move for a new full-back if the expected Cissokho deal goes through.
Amavi and Cissokho are currently the only two senior left-backs at the club with centre-back Nathan Baker able to switch to that position.
Therefore, it is claimed by the Birmingham Mail that Bruce has Norwich’s versatile player Robbie Brady on his wishlist as other options will be considered as replacements.
According to the Daily Star, Cissokho is on £24,000-a-week at the Midlands outfit, having played 12 Championship games this season.
Cissokho’s contract runs until 2018, having signed for the club from Spanish side Valencia in 2014.
Football Insider verdict:
As Aly Cissokho’s departure edges closer, manager Steve Bruce must find a replacement during the January transfer window. Norwich man, Robbie Brady, would be an ideal signing, but he is not a long-term left-back option. Therefore, Bruce must target a specialist full-back who would challenge Jordan Amavi for a first-team spot. Having adequate cover to deal with the rigours of the Championship is crucial and Villa will need real depth of squad if they’re going to have a chance of hauling back the teams in the play-off spots in the second half of the season.
In other Aston Villa transfer news, the club is in a reported battle with Premier League sides for this versatile 24-year-old.