Villa Park side target Emirates Stadium and Anfield squad players.
Aston Villa boss Paul Lambert is keen to strengthen his Villa Park squad this January and has earmarked a move for two individuals who are very much surplus to requirements at their current clubs but could nonetheless have something to offer the Midlands side.
Lambert is keen to beef up his back-line and has set his sights on Arsenal defender Johan Djourou who may well be availlable given that Arsene Wenger has opted to only use the Swiss international if a serious injury crisis has forced him to do so, as occurred last term when the big 25 year old was at times used in an unfamiliar full-back role.
Aston Villa have kept just one clean sheet in nine Premier League matches and Lambert believes that Djourou can help stabilize his defence.
Despite the fact that the Arsenal man has struggled to retain a spot in Wenger’s first team picture Djourou has amassed 144 appearances for the North London club. Aston Villa are reportedly ready to make an offer in the region of £5m for a player who is also a target of Serie A side Napoli.
Lambert is also keen on Liverpool midfielder Joe Cole who may well be set for an Anfield exit after a shocking display against Swansea City earlier this week.
Brendan Rodgers had stated his intention to offer the former Chelsea and West Ham man the chance to prove himself when he took over at Liverpool and even handed the former England man a sub appearance in the club’s opening fixture against West Brom, only to see the player limp off after nine minutes.
Cole has had a fairly horrific time of it at Liverpool, a move that almost looked doomed from the outset. The Londoner was sent off in his Premier League debut for the Merseyside club and was rarely used by Kenny Dalglish when the Scot took over from Roy Hodgson.
A loan spell at Lille last season resurrected Cole’s career and a return to regular football seemed to spark life into the 30 year old attacking midfielder however he has been unable to prove himself when selected by Rodgers for first team action and a move to Aston Villa may well suit all parties.
Lambert has been promised funds to invest in his squad though chairman Randy Lerner does not seem willing to hand a huge sum to the Aston Villa boss and therefore interest in this relatively inexpensive pair could well result in genuine bids for their services.
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