Aston Villa are reportedly planning to sign Lyon striker and West Ham hate-figure Moussa Dembele for absolutely nothing.

Foot Mercato claim that Aston Villa boss Unai Emery is keen to bring West Ham’s old adversary to Villa Park in the summer on a free transfer.

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The Hammers actually wanted to sign Dembele, but he rejected a move to the London Stadium.

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Since then, the 26-year-old striker has gone on to become a real hate figure in the eyes of the Hammers fans. During our Europa League quarter-final clash with Lyon, Dembele was caught winking to his teammates after getting Aaron Cresswell sent off at the London Stadium.

It seems like that won’t be the last that the West Ham fans see of Dembele though…

Aston Villa planning to sign Moussa Dembele

Villa are keen to bring the Lyon hitman to the Premier League.

However, they are prepared to wait until the summer when he will become available on a free transfer.

That will actually be a decent piece of business for the West Midlands outfit.

Aston Villa planning to sign Moussa Dembele
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Dembele has bagged 69 goals in 159 games for Lyon and he has 151 goals in 340 career games to his name – a really impressive tally (Transfermarkt).

He is an experienced striker who certainly knows where the back of the net is. The famous ‘winking’ incident aside, I would have actually liked the forward at West Ham.

It seems as though the Frenchman could be heading to England in the summer, with Aston Villa planning to sign him.

And it will be interesting to see how he gets on with Villa, if he does indeed join them.

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