Villa Park boss closes in on Cameroon international.
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After months of chasing, a fee between Aston Villa and Lyon, has finally been agreed for Houllier’s number 1 target Jean Makoun.
The ball is now in Makoun’s court as contract talks commence between himself , Houllier and the Aston Villa board.
Lyon’s official website reveals the current status of the talks, “The progress of the talks are still subject to the player’s agreement,”
After flying out to france yesterday Houllier will spend a hectic 48 hours, attempting to strike a deal before jetting back for the big Midlands derby on sunday.
Houllier revealed his admiration for the player. “He could be a good asset for us because he is experienced, he has played Champions League with Lille and Lyon and he is exactly what we need at times”.
In an attempt to further bolster his squad before the window slams shut on the 1st of February, Houllier has identified Charlie Adam as a possible target. But furthermore indicates a striker could be on the cards.
“If you say: ‘Are you looking for a striker?’ I would say if the opportunity is there, yes, but you don’t find them easily.
With several possible arrivals seemingly imminent, players heading for the exit at Villa is also a strong possibility, yet Emile Heskey’s red card could have given John Carew the chance to revive his Villa career.
“It depends on what is going to happen but I think John will stay for the moment.”
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