Aston Villa are poised to make their first signing of the January transfer window in French midfielder Yacouba Sylla, Press Association Sport understands.

Villa are set to confirm the signing of the player from Ligue Two side Clermont Foot in the next 24 hours in a deal believed to be worth around £1.7 million.

Manager Paul Lambert and chief executive Paul Faulkner were tying up the loose ends of the deal on Wednesday evening.

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