Everton to miss out on Moussa Dembele as Aston Villa hope to pounce | soccer

Moussa Dembele is set to leave Lyon this year (Picture: Getty Images)

Moussa Dembele is now unlikely to move to Everton from Lyon this month after Frank Lampard’s dismissal, with Aston Villa now hoping to snap him up on a free transfer in the summer.

The 26-year-old’s contract at the Ligue 1 club is running out at the end of the season, but Everton were ready to pay a fee to sign him in the January window and boost their fight against relegation.

Foot Market report that Dembele was keen on the move to Goodison Park, but part of the draw was Lampard being in charge as manager and player had held constructive talks.

Now Lampard has been sacked the switch is not impossible, but far less likely and Dembele may well run down his contract at Lyon.

The former Celtic and Fulham striker had an excellent season last time round, scoring 21 Ligue 1 goals, but he has started just six league matches this campaign, scoring twice.

His time with Lyon appears to be nearing an end, but he will have plenty of options as a free agent in the summer, one of them reportedly being Aston Villa.

Unai Emery’s side are short on options up front after letting Danny Ings move to West Ham earlier this month.

Ollie Watkins has been the only out-and-out striker in the squad, with Leon Bailey helping out in advanced roles.

However, they have brought in Colombian teenager Jhon Duran from Chiacago Fire and have tried to sign Nico Williams from Athletic Bilbao, but have been turned down.

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