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It's being reported that Villa are on the verge of signing Yacouba Sylla, a defensive midfielder, for 1.75million.

It's expected the player will be announced tomorrow, arriving from French second division side Clermont, who I read are currently 14th in the league.

He is also 22 years old and a six footer.

And that's about all I know about him.

The Birmingham Mail say he is the next option on the list after we were priced out of a move for Moussa Sissoko, who many fans would've welcomed.

The Daily Mail confirm the rumour by saying that Paul Lambert and Paul Faulkner have been beavering away at Bodymoor Heath all day putting the finishing touches to the deal.

There are also brief whispers that Stoke could be lining up a late move for Darren Bent, as Peter Crouch is apparently set for a move to QPR.

Could be a busy day tomorrow! Well, we need it to be don't we!

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The Journalist

Writer: Mike Field Mail feedback, articles or suggestions

Date:Wednesday January 30 2013

Time: 8:53PM

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I hope he can work miracles. Welcome to the club,
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30/01/2013 21:03:00

We need something Mike, not sure Sylla has the quality we need, he certainly doesn't have the experience. Let's hope it's an inspired signing! We need a couple more...
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30/01/2013 21:04:00 experienced player from a quality side!!!
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30/01/2013 21:07:00

Should I be excited about a second division French player who I have never heard of, many seem to think he is the messiah already . I get the feeling as long as we spend money people are happy
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30/01/2013 21:08:00

Priced out of a move? by 250k? good one... Wouldnt pay him a decent wage more like...
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30/01/2013 21:09:00

The French second division. It's renowned for it's quality. My arse. It would be a real shame to see Benty go, he is not a Stoke kind of player however.
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30/01/2013 21:17:00

Lol@jonah. Living the dream! :@)
The Fear
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30/01/2013 21:23:00

Agreed PiperUK he's not a Stoke kind a player. Trouble is he's not a Villa type of player now, not for the current type of side. IMO he's class and if we were a better side he would be major asset, sadly the way we play at the moment he's a luxury we can't afford. Still gutted if he goes.
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30/01/2013 21:23:00

Come on lads give the fella a break he hasn't turned up yet...
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30/01/2013 21:37:00

Been watching this since this morning. It was reported on twitter by there talk show. Expect a few more signings. Herd a lot of names coming out of Villa park when I up there earlier.. and we have bid for 3 more players.
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30/01/2013 21:38:00

maigret: would that be Bent or Sylla you're referring to?
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30/01/2013 21:44:00

A six foot defensive midfielder? Don't care where we got him, he's better than what we have already.
Stephen Jay Hawkings
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30/01/2013 21:52:00

winsforvilla - :) I was referring to Sylla... but hey apply as necessary.
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30/01/2013 21:56:00

Agree SJH, I'll take anything at the moment! Andy it's not that I'm happy if we just spend money, but if we DON'T spend money we know what we've got and we know it isn't good enough. If we DO spend money at least there is some hope!
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30/01/2013 22:19:00

Bannan's replacement. Please PL
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30/01/2013 22:36:00

Live in France and never heard of this guy. Straws and cluching comes to mind
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30/01/2013 22:39:00

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30/01/2013 22:47:00

If he is half as good as Sissoko he's still a month, 9 points and 2 cup competitions too late...........trying to close the relegation stable door after the villa horse is halfway round the national course!
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30/01/2013 22:49:00

A few rumours gathering on Twitter that Florent Malouda will be signing tomorrow, just putting it out there, he's finished at Chelsea, although I'm sure he'd command big wages. Probably rubbish but I need to excite myself.
Stephen Jay Hawkings
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30/01/2013 22:56:00

A 6 foot banana would be better than what we've got now, get him signed, can not possibly do any worse
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30/01/2013 23:09:00

Lol Stig and Anton.
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30/01/2013 23:12:00

Would have liked a more experienced player with a proven track record, but like what's been said I'll take anyone at the moment, so if the deal does happen, welcome to the club! He can't be more ineffective than Bannan in a defensive midfield role so all is good.
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30/01/2013 23:25:00

Would it really be such a bad thing to try and get Adam, Palacios and Jones plus cash for Bent?? Just an idea. Sylla? Cilla Black would be a better option than what we have seen lately. Would love to thin the Malouda thing had a grain of truth in it. Roller coaster ride tomorrow, hope Pete Colley brings a warm coat to Bodymoor Heath.
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31/01/2013 00:09:00

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31/01/2013 00:11:00

According to Wikipaedia, Yacouba Benteke Sylla is 22 and 6 feet tall, played for Barcelona youths/B squad from 12 to 16 yrs of age, was capped once for France u-21's in 2011 and has attracted interest from Udinese and Stuttgart. Clermont in Ligue 2 has been his only senior club
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31/01/2013 00:30:00

I think he's worth a punt.
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31/01/2013 01:30:00

"Paul Lambert and Paul Faulkner have been beavering away at Bodymoor Heath all day" - what a damn pity they weren't doing the very same on day one of the winter transfer window. Surely our predicament even way back then dictated that they ought to have been? Could not this deal for Yacouba Sylla not have been wrapped up in the early part of the month? All smacks of desperation stuff to yours truly, and sadly might just be way too little, way too late.
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31/01/2013 01:43:00

Agree glensider, leaving it this late is just desperation, 4 league games since the window opened, and 2 points picked up. Could be the difference between staying up and going down. Oh well, better than doing no business at all I suppose...
Stephen Jay Hawkings
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31/01/2013 02:27:00

Strange how transfer day all falls on my sons birthday
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31/01/2013 02:57:00

Isn't going to be playing in Ireland is he Villa_Grizzly?....Lol Seems like we're scraping the proverbial barrel - which doesn't surprise me TBH. This must of broke while I was safely in the land of nod.....
Pride of Lions
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31/01/2013 04:09:00

antonvilla, totally agree mate!! Haven't seen him play but he's got to be better than Bannan and the like. Hopefully he uses he size and is aggressive in the mid of the park because we are crying on for some steel in there!!
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31/01/2013 05:41:00

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31/01/2013 05:42:00

1.75 million for a division 2 side... Really!??! They are sitting 14th???? 2 million for sissoko and we want to spend 1.75 million on a unknown likely rubbish player. Please NO!
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31/01/2013 06:30:00

Three words. Eric Dejemba Dejemba.
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31/01/2013 08:10:00

Piper, sad thing is the Djemba twins would walk into our team right now.
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31/01/2013 08:32:00

not everyone's cup of tea when he was here and he was apparently awful at ipswich but isn't NRC a free agent right now? I'd give him a deal until the summer he'd give us steel, experience and leadership.
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31/01/2013 08:34:00

never heard of this guy. BUT i have just seen his picture on wiki - and - he's going to EPIC. you heard it right here 1st. He's gunna rip this premiership a new
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31/01/2013 08:56:00

think Bent to Stoke is a good move for all parties, just as long as Lambert has the money to invest in new players as opposed to the cash going away from the team
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31/01/2013 09:02:00

Love the fans putting the guy down before he's even stepped on to pitch! Classic fans we have at villa... Have some of you guys forgotten an unknown Belgium player we signed in the summer? Lets see him first!
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31/01/2013 09:10:00

Lets see what the meat heads got, but seriuosly.....We were priced out of a move for Sissoko???? 250k difference? Is money really that tight? Us fans could have chipped in with that if it meant us getting him.
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31/01/2013 09:16:00

Don't know whether to laugh or cry.
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31/01/2013 09:52:00

watch your language Grizzly. OH, sorry, you said PUNT!
The Fear
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31/01/2013 10:07:00

Thats just what we need another kid form the lower leagues, now thats a total waste of money!! many on here complain about MON's money wasting tactics, well Lambert has to be just as bad, buying kids cheap on small wages, is money saving, granted, but when we go down to the championship because of it, that has to be a bigger waste of money surely. how much as this inept tool spent on players who just aren't good enough for the premier league.
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31/01/2013 10:20:00

Gather we are mulling over a move for Kenwyne -Jones must be tied in with the Bent move in the other direction. Rather we had gone for Huddlestone Fulham are talking to him about a 5 MILL move from Spurs.
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31/01/2013 10:21:00

It isn't just the fee that was the issue with Sissoko. Apparently, his wages were a major stumbling block for any deal.
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31/01/2013 10:36:00

wages might well be a stumbling block- but isn't Ireland still on 65k a week??? what a waste young stephen has been.
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31/01/2013 10:58:00

Remind m again why we don't gt J II makoun back??
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31/01/2013 12:08:00

^^^ because ge couldn't get a work permit. Big Eck is responsible for that particular failure.
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31/01/2013 12:47:00

^^^ because ge couldn't get a work permit. Big Eck is responsible for that particular failure.
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31/01/2013 12:47:00

Piper - they could easily have got him some english lessons by now, jst more bad management.
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31/01/2013 13:13:00

Oh the Beeb are so funny. "Sorry but French football expert Matt Spiro has some bad news: "Yacouba Sylla is an intriguing signing for Aston Villa. He's a big, strong tackler who will certainly add physical presence in the middle of the park, but if Paul Lambert expects him to make an immediate impact in the Premier League he may be disappointed. "He's only 22 and has never before played in the top flight, making 65 appearances for second-division Clermont. Although he played one game for the France Under-21s, Sylla remains relatively unknown this side of the Channel." Not ready to make an immediate impact in the Premier League? Sounds to me like he will fit in nicely with the rest of the Aston Villa squad..." (last sentence theirs) Ho ho feckin ho, oh mighty "impartial" BBC. Eat a bowl of man sausages.
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31/01/2013 14:09:00

Although that might just be pride ****in' with me.. he's got a point, we're awful at the moment. Still, some news is better than no news, oui ? UTV
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31/01/2013 14:11:00


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