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Aston Villa fan favourite linked with exit ahead of transfer deadline day

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Aston Villa defender Frederic Guilbert has been linked with a move away from Villa Park ahead of tomorrow’s transfer deadline.

Website Football Insider is reporting that Championship side AFC Bournemouth are interested in Guilbert, with the window closing on deals between Premier League and English Football League (EFL) clubs at 5pm on Friday.

Guilbert is a popular figure among Villa fans after an impressive debut campaign under Dean Smith last season but has seen his chances of Premier League action reduced this campaign after the arrival of Matty Cash from Nottingham Forest in the summer.

Cash has started all three of Villa ‘s Premier League matches so far this season with Guilbert not in any of the matchday squads for those games.

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Guilbert signed for Villa from French side Caen in 19 months ago, spending the rest of the season on loan in Normandy.

He made 29 appearances in all competitions in 2019-20, scoring twice in Villa’s run to the Carabao Cup final.

Football Insider are reporting that Bournemouth are keen on signing a new right-back and would look to do a loan deal for Guilbert.

Guilbert has been name-checked as one of a few players who could leave this summer after the arrivals of Ollie Watkins, Emi Martinez, Ross Barkley, Bertrand Traore and Cash.

Henri Lansbury has been linked with a move away too, with Nottingham Forest tipped to sign the former Arsenal man.

Earlier this month Guilbert revealed how a return to France, to join up with Nantes, fell through before deadline day.

“A move to FC Nantes fell through,” Guilbert told the We Are Malherbe podcast, a show that covers former club Caen. “It would have been a loan.

“Michel Audrain, who I knew in Caen, contacted me. I had the manager, Gourcuff, on the phone and he wanted to have me and everything but, after that, there was nothing from the club’s presidency.”

On his current status within the team, he added: “At the moment, I don’t play at all. I was told that I was the third choice for the position, and it’s the managers choice that must be respected.

“I don’t think they were completely honest with me on all points of view going into (this) season.”




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