Aston Villa are scrapping desperately to hold onto their improving full-back, Aly Cissokho, due to high demand from Tottenham Hotspur and Napoli.
It was an uphill struggle for Paul Lambert to bring the Frenchman to Villa Park in the summer for £2million from Liverpool, and it seems as though the former Norwich boss will have to endure the same fate in January in order to keep one of his best buys at the club.
The 27-year-old was regarded as a disastrous loan signing from Valencia by Liverpool supporters last season, but Cissokho has enjoyed a more comfortable stay in the East Midlands since making a permanent move to the Premier League.
And, it is his impressive form that has attracted the likes of Tottenham Hotspur and Napoli towards the services of the left back, but Villa manager Lambert will hold onto his treasure extremely tightly in order to have the best possible squad to harbour a ferocious fight in order to gather pace and stability in their turbulent form of late.
The Scotsman will be desperate to keep Cissokho at Villa Park due to the unstable struggle that he has undergone in an attempt to find a strong player in that position; Ryan Bertrand, Antonio Luna and Ryan Bennett have all been failed experiments.
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So, with 14 appearances this season in total for Villa, it seems as though Lambert has found a promising option in the left back position as the former Lyon full-back has expressed his attacking mindset as well as creative initiative.
The Villains may have penned the 27-year-old for a bargain £2million but it will take a magical fee in order to open the exit doors at Villa Park for Cissokho.
However, that could be a fee that Mauricio Pochettino is willing to pay in order to find a quality replacement for the injured Danny Rose at Whit Hart Lane. He has been linked with a move away from Spurs.
Fans not keen
Whilst the Frenchman has shown signs of a substantial improvement, Spurs fans would still be unhappy to see the defender arrive at White Hart Lane, with a recent poll by the Daily Mirror revealing that only 30% would welcome him to North London.