Aston Villa hold further talks over swoop for Marseille midfield star Boubacar Kamara as in-demand free agent eyes summer move to the Premier League
- Aston Villa are looking to tie up deal amid firm interest from Atletico Madrid
- Villa manager Steven Gerrard watched Boubacar Kamara in action last month
- Kamara has been in excellent form this season but Marseille must ease wage bill
- Other targets have been identified in case club fail to tempt Kamara to Villa Park
Aston Villa have held further talks over a move for Marseille midfielder Boubacar Kamara.
The 22-year-old is a free agent and has interest from Atletico Madrid also but is keen on a move to the Premier League. Villa boss Steven Gerrard and Villa staff watched Kamara in action against Nantes last month.
Kamara has been in excellent form for Marseille this season but the French side desperately need to free up space on their wage bill, meaning that parting of the ways with their homegrown star is inevitable.
Boubacar Kamara (left) in action against PSG forward Kylian Mbappe last month in Ligue 1
Villa boss Steven Gerrard and Villa staff watched Kamara in action against Nantes last month
The combative midfielder has made 45 appearances this season and played a key part of Marseille’s second-placed league position as well as the club’s run to the Europa Conference League semi-finals.
Villa want to wrap up the signing of a holding player quickly and will look to add another midfielder, striker and defender.
Aston Villa are in talks with representatives of talented Marseille midfielder Kamara
Atletico Madrid’s Geoffrey Kondogbia, Yves Bissouma of Brighton and Leeds’ Kalvin Phillips are others who have been discussed.
Meanwhile, Villa defender Kortney Hause is keen for a fresh start. The 26-year-old saw a move to Watford fall through in January and has struggled for game time under Gerrard.
Villa U23s coach Mark Delaney is also set to leave the club this summer.