With Aston Villa boss Paul Lambert looking to further bolster his squad before the close of the transfer window, here are three names the club should be looking at.
With Aston Villa manager Paul Lambert declaring this week that he still hopes to make further additions to the squad before the transfer window closes, there are good odds that more names will eventually join summer arrivals Philippe Senderos, Joe Cole, Kieran Richardson, Aly Cissokho and Carlos Sanchez at the club.
Whether recent reports of an £8 million deal for Manchester United’s Tom Cleverley will hold true remains to be seen, but the side certainly still needs bolstering, and the following players would all prove intriguing options.
Geoff Cameron (Stoke City)
Originally joining Stoke in July 2012, having starred in MLS with the Houston Dynamo for five seasons, Cameron has been a regular in the side over the past two terms, making most of his 72 top-flight appearances at right-back.
However, the US international failed to make the squad for the club’s first two Premier League fixtures, amidst reports of friction with manager Mark Hughes over a preferred switch to centre-back or defensive midfield, as well as rumours of a transfer request being handed in.
The versatile 29-year-old has been linked to as many as 10 clubs as a result, including Hull City, Swansea City, Southampton, Sunderland, and West Bromwich Albion, with Italian side Lazio the latest reported to have entered the race.
Capable of filling a number of defensive positions, the World Cup star’s presence would provide an obvious boost to the Villa squad and, despite being ruled out for two weeks after picking up a side strain in the recent League Cup win over Portsmouth, an exit is still thought to be on the cards.
Mikkel “Mix” Diskerud (Rosenborg)
A teammate of Cameron’s at the World Cup, Diskerud saw a move to MLS side the Columbus Crew collapse earlier this month but, with his current contract set to expire at the end of 2014, Rosenborg are understood to be willing to sell the midfielder for a cut-price fee of £250,000.
A former Norwegian youth international, the 23-year-old eventually opted to represent the nation of his Arizona-born mother before making his senior US debut in 2010, and has since gone on to earn 20 caps.
Linked to the likes of Celtic and Werder Bremen earlier this summer, the Oslo-native is well-regarded both in the Tippeligaen and in the States, with fans and the media alike hailing him as the future number 10 of the national side, despite failing to see the pitch during the side's run to the last-16 in Brazil.
A true playmaker, with excellent passing and vision, Diskerud is certainly the type of player the Villa side have been lacking over recent seasons, and could no doubt offer Lambert’s side a much-needed creative spark.
John Guidetti (Manchester City)
Southampton have previously been linked with a move for the 22-year-old Swedish striker this summer, after spending the 2011-12 campaign on loan at Feyenoord under Ronald Koeman, where he scored 20 goals in 23 Eredivisie games.
Having only made one single League Cup appearance for Manchester City during his six seasons at the club, the one-time capped international spent the second-half of last term at Stoke, but would make just six substitute cameos under former manager Hughes.
Still a promising prospect, however, Guidetti would be an intriguing addition to a squad which is struggling for goals with main men Christian Benteke and Libor Kozak out, though whether it would be wise for Lambert to bank on him leading the line as his number one option, given his recent Premier League struggles, is another matter to ponder.
Would these three names be good signings for Aston Villa?