By Graham Hill
VILLA look to be moving closer to a £10million deal for Egypt winger Mahmoud Trezeguet.
The player is reported to have told his club – Turkish side Kasimpasa – that he wants to leave and that should give Villa the green light.
Trezeguet scored nine goals in 29 league games last season to attract interest from Galatasaray, Inter Milan and Slavia Prague.
Villa boss Dean Smith wants to bring in another wide man next season after signing Jota from Blues and making Anwar El-Ghazi’s loan move permanent.
Smith has also been weighing up a more for his former Brentford winger Said Benrahma but Villa have already had a £9million bid rejected for the Algerian.
That forced the Villa boss to look elsewhere and Trezeguet is a fresh target after impressing Villa scouts at the Africa Cup of Nations.
Trezeguet, 24, was given the nickname, aged nine, because his coach thought he bore a striking resemblance to the former Monaco and Juventus scoring legend, who won the 1998 world cup with France.
Now the Turkish site Takvim claims Trezeguet has told Kasimpasa’s management team: “I have completed my mission here, I want to go now.”
Villa’s Egypt full-back Ahmed Elmohamady has been urging Smith to take a look at his talented international teammate. And now that Egypt are out of the Cup of Nations, Villa can press ahead with their interest.