Aston Villa could be forced to look at alternate targets this month after Steven Gerrard’s side has received two potential setbacks.
Reports suggest that the Villa boss is interested in signing Brighton midfielder Yves Bissouma. The 25-year-old has featured in 14 of the Seagulls’ 19 Premier League games this season.
However, after comments made by Brighton manager Graham Potter in his latest press conference, Villa could now be forced to look at other midfield options.
As per journalist Sky Sports, via Football Daily, Potter is ‘confident’ he can keep the Mali international at the club this month.
“I’m confident [Bissouma will stay],” he said.
“I think Yves is enjoying his football here but with the transfer window you never know. You always plan for something you can’t necessarily foresee. We’re in a good place.”
The news could be taken with a pinch of salt by Gerrard, who could continue to pursue the midfielder’s signature regardless of the Brighton boss’ comments.
Bissouma is currently on international duty with Mali who are competing in the African Cup of Nations.
Another name that doesn’t look to be on their way to the Midlands in the winter window is Darren Randolph.
The West Ham goalkeeper is said to be a target of Gerrard’s, who is looking to sign a back-up shot-stopper for Villa no.1 Emiliano Martínez as per the Evening Standard.
Randolph is yet to make an appearance for the Hammers this season and finds himself third-choice ‘keeper in East London.
Nevertheless, West Ham manager David Moyes has ‘no intention’ of allowing the Irishman to leave the London Stadium this month.
The 58-year-old said: “I have no intention of letting Darren go, we have had no offer”
"So as far as I’m concerned, all we received was a loan. I can’t see why I would ever let Darren Randolph go on loan. There’s nothing any more than that. So that’s the situation."
Villa currently have Jed Steer and Finland Under-21 international Viljami Sinisalo as second and third-choice options to Martinez.
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