According to reports from French media outlet Foot Mercato, Aston Villa are in a huddle with three French Ligue1 sides in a chase for former Inter Milan youngster Mohamed Belkheir.
There seems to be a lot of column inches being written about Villa at the moment, they certainly seem to have their fingers in many pies. If it isn’t news about issues surrounding Tammy Abraham, it is news about issues with their pursuit of Nemanja Radova.
Whichever it is, Villa do seem to be in the news; they are likely giving their fans palpitations. Yet, the news from Foot Mercato at least cast a positive light on things, rather than focusing on doom and gloom.
Paris-born Belkheir only left Inter Milan last year, as a result of Inter buying a raft of players that set him further back down the line. He entered Italian football with Hellas Verona, signing on from an accredited French football training centre.
He eventually passed into Hellas Verona’s Under-17 set-up before moving to Inter and their Under-19s at the start of August 2016. After two seasons with the nerazzurri, he moved to Brescia, who ply their trade in Serie B.
The 20-year-old, Algeria Under-23 international has shown that he has an eye for goal. His two goals in four games for Brescia’s youth side this season measures up well to his 11 goals in 46 Inter Milan youth appearances and eight in 18 for Hellas Verona.
Whilst not appearing for Brescia’s first-team in Serie B, Belkheir has made the bench twice for games against Perugia and Cittadella.
Even with the uncertainty over Tammy Abraham, you’d think that Villa would go with Jonathan Kodjia should the Chelsea loanee move on from Villa Park. Could interest in Belkheir be more of a case of one for the future maybe?