Villans to go for Bulgarian after failed summer bid.
Aston Villa are reportedly preparing to make another bid for Bulgarian international midfielder Ivelin Popov in January after missing out with a failed bid during the summer transfer window, the Express reports.
Reports from Russia claim to have identified Villa as the most interested club in landing the 25-year-old’s signature, but Paul Lambert’s men couldn’t match the asking price set by his current club, Kuban Krasnodar.
According to Russian newspaper Izvestia, Popov was keen to join up with the Villans and had even accepted personal terms with them, but Krasnodar were believed to be holding out for £4.8m.
Kuban are apparently still interested in doing business with the Premier League outfit during the January window, but only if Villa are able to make a sufficient offer.
But Paul Lambert could face competition from a series of Dutch clubs, with PSV, FC Twente and Feyenoord all thought to be interested.
There are some doubts cast about whether Popov would be willing abandon the prospect of playing European football at Kuban to play in the Premier League with Villa, and there is no reason to believe the player’s stance has change in the last two months.
Popov joined Kuban from Turkish side Gaziantepspor in 2012, and settled in quickly in Russia, scoring 12 goals in 36 appearances from midfield last season.