Villa handed boost in pursuit of Digne after major development

Toby Bowles
Digne Villa

Aston Villa may have strengthened their hopes of signing Lucas Digne with the loan deal for Philippe Coutinho, according to reports.

Digne, 28, is out in the cold at Everton after a row with Rafa Benitez prior to December’s 2-1 win over Arsenal saw him cut off from the rest of the squad.

The Toffees have already signed a replacement in the form of Ukrainian left-back Vitaliy Mykolenko and the French international is being heavily linked with a move away from Goodison this transfer window.

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Chelsea are one club to have expressed an interest, with Ben Chilwell ruled out for the rest of the season due to an ACL injury.

According to talkSPORT journalist Alex Crook, Villa are also considering a move, as Steven Gerrard looks to provide competition for Matt Targett at left-back.

While joining Villa could be considered a sideways step for Digne, whose preference is a move to the capital, Crook claims the announcement of Coutinho’s signing might lure the Frenchman to the West Midlands.

He told talkSPORT on Saturday: “They want a left-back as well. And I’m told they’re one of a growing number of clubs tracking Everton’s Lucas Digne, who we seem to have spoken about every day this week.

“At the moment, his preference appears to be London, but just maybe, the arrival of a stellar name like Coutinho might convince Lucas Digne that maybe Aston Villa is an attractive proposition.”



Villa announced the transfer of Coutinho on Friday to much fanfare.

Despite his travails at Barcelona, he is still considered a unique talent and has proven he can produce in the Premier League at Liverpool.

He will join on loan until the end of the season, at which point Villa will have the option to make the deal permanent for £33m.

Speaking on talkSPORT, Simon Jordan said of the signing (as quoted by the Liverpool Echo): “If he is 75 per cent of what he was when he was at Liverpool, it’s a great signing.

“If he’s less than that then you’re moving into the territory of, ‘it looks good on paper but will it become a productive outcome?’

“But I think in terms of replacing a Jack Grealish sort-of creative, quality on the ball figure, I think Villa fans will be very excited by it.”