Belfast Telegraph

Saturday 27 December 2014

Aston Villa: Potential January transfer targets

Assani Lukimya-Mulongoti
Assani Lukimya-Mulongoti
Another defender Villa are reportedly interested in signing is Congo international Assani Lukimya-Mulongoti, who plays for German second division side Fortuna Dusseldorf. He told Sky Sports: 'My dream is to one day play in the Premier League. I am flattered by the link with Aston Villa as they are a great club.'
Keith Andrews
Villa are thought to be leading the race to sign the out-of-favour Blackburn midfielder Keith Andrews, currently on loan at Ipswich. It was reported that Ipswich boss Paul Jewell believes Andrews will leave this January to go to a top flight club, and Bolton, Swansea and Everton are also interested in him. But his high wage demands – he reportedly wants £22,000 a week – are putting clubs off.
Ki Sung-Yueng
McLeish has shown interest in the South Korean playmaker for some time. Celtic's Ki used to play under Villa assistant coach Peter Grant when he was at the Glasgow club and comes highly recommended. The Daily Record believe that Villa would be willing to pay up to £6m for his signature, but could be out-bid by Russian club Rubin Kazan.
Bobby Zamora
If reports that Darren Bent is on his way to Liverpool turn out to be true, then Villa will need an urgent replacement and Zamora could fit the bill. The People claimed that they have been asking Fulham about the striker's availability, and that Martin Jol would be willing to let Zamora go for around £11m.

Languishing in mid-table and looking over the shoulders at the relegation zone, it's clear that Alex McLeish's side could do with some investment over the next month.

Their defence would benefit from some reinforcement but the area most in need of improvement is midfield. Creative outlets Ashley Young and Stewart Downing both left the club last summer and have been sorely missed, and creating chances and scoring goals have been a big problem for Villa this season.

Here, we round-up the players who have been linked with a possible move to Aston Villa.

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