Aston Villa join race for Morocco's Belhanda
Mohamad Mosselhi , Tuesday 4 Jun 2013
The Premier League side become the fifth club to bid for Montpellier's Moroccan forward Younes Belhanda


Montpellier president Louis Nicollin revealed on Tuesday that Premier League side Aston Villa have made a bid for the team's Moroccan midfielder Younes Belhanda.

The 23-year-old, who is set to leave the Ligue 1 outfit, was strongly linked with Arsenal and Tottenham, but Nicollin confirmed that Aston Villa had also joined the race.

"He is leaving," Nicollin told Le Sport10.

"There are four or five clubs that have come in. It is now down to the player to choose now because we are almost in agreement with the clubs. He will leave for 14-15 million euros."

The club's president confirmed that his player is a target for several other European clubs.

"Yes. From AC Milan, Inter Milan, Atletico Madrid, Galatasaray and Aston Villa.

"We have no problem now; he [Belhanda] has the authority to agree with whoever he wants now," he added.

(For more sports news and updates, follow Ahram Online Sports on Twitter at@AO Sportsand on Facebook atAhramOnlineSports)

http://english.ahram.org.eg/News/73183.aspx