No, not Demba Ba but Porto’s defender Abdoulaye Ba is a target for both Aston Villa and Southampton. Porto would be willing to let the 22-year old defender leave on loan but are requesting a loan fee of £400,000. However, this deal won’t happen if Porto’s star defender Mangala leaves the club with Chelsea the favourite for his signature.
Ba is a highly-rated centre-back, he has played for Senegal in the Olympics and would add strength to any defence. But is there any chance that this could actually happen? I’m at 50/50 right now, we have already signed Okore meaning we’ve got 4 defenders plus Herd the versatile midfielder can fit in. But, if it’s just a loan signing it would strengthen our defence for a season and insure that we don’t have to rely on unexperienced Baker and Okore.
Aston Villa haven’t been linked with anyone over the past few weeks, so finally seeing a link does make me a little more optimistic that perhaps Lambert isn’t done with his transfer business.