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The Midlands outfit announced the imminent arrival of Kamara just a day after the Premier League season has ended with the 22-year-old joining on a free transfer when his contract expires next month.
What is the latest news involving Aston Villa?
According to Football Insider, Villa are ‘prioritising the capture of a dominant centre-back’ over the summer as manager Steven Gerrard looks to bolster his flaky backline.
And the same outlet claimed that the 41-year-old tactician was in attendance at the Stade Velodrome last month to watch Marseille take on Nantes in their Ligue 1 clash.
Gerrard was said to be scouting Caleta-Car ahead of a potential swoop for the central defender, who was the subject of interest from West Ham United in January.
The Daily Mail revealed that the Hammers had a bid rejected for the Croatia international after proposing a six-month loan deal that included an option to buy.
It’s believed that Marseille value Caleta-Car at £15 million and were only interested in letting him depart the club on a permanent basis, but with just 12 months now remaining on his contract, that price tag may have dropped.
What has Taylor said about Caleta-Car?
When asked if the likes of James Tarkowski, Joe Gomez and Maxence Lacroix are likely to be among Gerrard’s top targets, Taylor confirmed they ‘definitely’ would but also threw Caleta-Car’s name into the mix.
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He told GiveMeSport: “Yeah, definitely. I think Marseille’s Duje Caleta-Car as well.
“He was one of the players Gerrard was watching when he was pictured at the Velodrome recently; went to watch Marseille versus Nantes. I think Villa are quite clear in what they’re trying to do.”
Would Caleta-Car be a good signing?
With Ezri Konsa ruled out for 16 weeks after suffering a knee injury against Crystal Palace, Villa’s need for reinforcements at the heart of defence was heightened in the closing stages of the campaign.
And Caleta-Car could be an ideal replacement for the stricken Konsa.
The 6 foot 4 ace has ranked in the 93rd percentile for pass competition and the 93rd for progressive carries amongst players in his position over the last year, as per FBref.
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