As managers begin to put together their list of transfer targets in preparation for the January window, Aston Villa manager Paul Lambert is said to be keen to add to his defensive line with a move for Torino full-back Danilo D'Ambrosio, reports Football Italia.
The 25-year-old Italian fits in well with Lambert's team philosophy of utilising young and hungry players, while boasting over 100 appearances for his current club, showing a healthy balance of longevity and experience.
Deployed in a range of positions across the back four and midfield, D'Ambrosio is currently excelling at left-back for the Granata in a 3-5-2 formation.
Lambert is known to have experimented with the formation this season, specifically in the shock 3-2 victory over Manchester City at Villa Park in September, and could be given more ammunition and incentive to implement such tactics.
The move would give Villa more defensive options after highly-rated Danish centre-back Jores Okore was ruled out for the rest of the season after rupturing his anterior cruciate ligament, as well as Scottish outcast Alan Hutton nowhere near Lambert's selection radar, with both parties hoping an exit from Villa Park is imminent.
Villa will have to beat off competition from the likes of Serie A giants Inter Milan and Napoli, but will hope the allure of Premier League football will prove a brighter prospect for the defender than a domestic move.
The players agent, Vincenzo Pisacane, fed further fuel to speculation suggesting that D'Ambrosio's future lies away from the Stadio Olimpico.
Choosing his words wisely while speaking to TV Luna, he said: "I've read in the newspapers that we are working on his renewal, indeed that we are on the right road for that. However that is not right.
“A move to Napoli? I can’t exclude the possibility that Torino and Napoli have discussed a transfer because the agent is always the last to know.”
Villa face stern competition from both Inter Milan and Napoli, who currently occupy fourth and fifth in the Serie A table respectively, offering the prospect of Champions League football which could ultimately sway any decision in their favour.
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