By Danny Wright
Yeni Malatayaspor sporting director Ali Ravci has confirmed that his club are close to completing the signing of Aly Cissokho from Aston Villa.
News outlet Turkish-Football reports on their website that the 29-year-old defender has already agreed personal terms with the newly promoted Turkish Super Lig side and that his switch will be finalised once the two clubs sign off the deal.
Cissohko has been shipped out on two seperate loan spells during his three-year-long spell with Aston Villa, and judging by Ravci’s comments, he finally looks to be securing a permanent exit after making 58 appearances across all competitions for the club.
“There are a few minor issues to resolve with Aston Villa and then the transfer will go ahead,” said the Turkish top-flight club’s sporting director, as quoted by Turkish-Football.
Cissokho spent the first half of last season with Villa, but was shipped out to Olympiakos in January after failing to feature in the Championship since October.
The left-back’s spell in Greece didn’t prove to show any sign of success though as he played just 10 times across all competitions.
Once a Lyon, Liverpool and France international defender, Cissokho now looks to be joining a Yeni Malatyaspor side that were champions of the Turkish second-tier last season.
Football Insider Verdict
Cissokho’s career has seemed to have been on a downward spiral ever since he joined Liverpool. Every season he seems to be playing for a less reputable side and now it appears that his time at Villa Park is finally coming to an end. Steve Bruce is right to have not found a spot for the left-back in his plans as he already has Neil Taylor to play in the role next season. Jordan Amavi is still at the West Midlands side after failing a medical at Sevilla, so if he was to go the Bruce might have to look for a back-up option for Taylor. Cissoko was probably on high wages due to his track-record, and it’s good that Villa have finally let him go.
In other Aston Villa news, this senior Villa player is being eyed up by another Midlands team.