Aston Villa To Bid For World Cup Star

New boss Gerard Houllier is reportedly interested in bringing Ivory Coast ace Gervinho to Villa Park.

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Aston Villa are keeping tabs on Lille’s Ivory Coast ­international striker Gervinho.

With Norwegian striker John Carew hinting his future could be away from Villa Park, manager Gerard ­Houllier is facing the prospect of having to shake up his attack in January.

Gervinho, who ­partnered Didier Drogba in the Ivory Coast attack at the World Cup in South Africa, cost Lille about £6million from Le Mans two years ago.

The 23-year-old has previously attracted interest from Arsenal, Liverpool and Spurs. (Mirror)

With Aston Villa manager Gerard Houllier intent on making major changes to his Aston Villa squad in January, Ivory Coast striker Gervinho is the latest name to be linked with the club. The striker has been a star player in France’s Ligue 1 for many years now, and produced some fine displays for his country at The World Cup in South Africa this summer.

At 23 years of age, Gervinho could be brought in as a long-term replacement for John Carew, who is rumoured to be one of the players set to be axed by Houllier this January. Although a different kind of player to Carew, Gervinho would provide the Aston Villa attack with an alternative option to Emile Heskey, a firm favourite of the new Villa boss.

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