Needless signing: Reported 27 y/o AVFC target no better than what Smith already has – opinion

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According to The Daily Mail, Aston Villa are one of several Premier League clubs linked with a move to sign Omar Elabdellaoui on a free transfer next summer.

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The reports suggest that the west Midlands club are keeping tabs on the 27-year-old with his contract set to expire at the end of the current season.

As he currently plies his trade abroad for Greek outfit Olympiacos, Elabdellaoui would be available to sign a pre-contract agreement with any foreign club from the 1st of January onwards, meaning Villa could make their move in just a few months.

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The right-back has previous experience in England in the past after he endured a futile spell at Manchester City, the club he joined aged 16, as well as Hull City, who he joined on loan in 2017.

On Friday evening, the Norway international impressed in their 1-1 draw over Spain with him being the man to win their injury-time penalty.

Having spent five years on the books at the Premier League champions, the defender would be able to fulfil a homegrown spot for any Premier League club.

Gliding Guilbert

It remains to be seen how accurate these reports are, but they do seem a little unlikely considering they only signed a new right-back in January.

Frederic Guilbert was one of Dean Smith’s first signings as he joined from then-Ligue 1 side Caen.

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Villa had to wait to see him in action as he was loaned back to his former club with him making his debut against Everton, their first win of this campaign. Ever since then, he has kept hold of his spot ahead of Ahmed Elmohamady.

The 24-year-old has been one of their consistent performers, averaging two tackles and three interceptions per game, via WhoScored, as he has now played in six of a possible eight league games.

Meanwhile Elmohamady, despite not featuring, has been thrown on three times as a winger and even signed a contract extension back in August, making a move for another right-back seem all the more unlikely.

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