Transfer Deadline Day: Aston Villa Make Yacouba Sylla Move Official

Joe TanseyFeatured ColumnistJanuary 31, 2013

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Aston Villa became one of the many EPL clubs to already secure the signature of a player on deadline day. 

According to The Mirror The Villains brought in midfielder Yacouba Sylla from Ligue 2 side Clermont Foot.

The 22-year-old Sylla is a defensive midfielder who has played with Clermont Foot since he turned professional in 2010. 

Sylla has also made one appearance for the France U-21 squad in his young career, too. 

As for where he will fit in the Villa squad, Sylla will compete for a spot in the Villa starting 11 with Fabian Delph and Ashley Westwood. 

Another player who will be in competition for the defensive midfield position at Villa Park will be Karim El Ahmadi, who is currently out on international duty with Morocco at the African Cup of Nations. 

Manager Paul Lambert has used a plethora of players in central midfield this season and the signing of Sylla will hopefully bring some consistency to the Villa midfield. 

Earlier on Thursday, Villa confirmed on their Twitter account that the 22-year-old will wear shirt No. 18 when he arrives at the club. 

Sylla should be in contention to start in Villa's next match on Saturday at Goodison Park against Everton. 

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