Aston Villa face a fight to sign Yoann Barbet this summer after it emerged two other teams are in the race for his signature.

Barbet will leave Brentford when his contract expires at the end of this month after four seasons with the Bees, with a number of clubs, including Villa, said to be interested in snapping up the centre-back.

According to Turkish outlet Asistanaliz, cited on The Boot Room, Besiktas and Wolverhampton Wanderers are the other sides interested in the Frenchman.

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Villa are in the market for a central defender ahead of their return to the Premier League, with Chelsea’s Gary Cahill and Tyrone Mings, who spent the 2018/19 campaign on loan at Villa Park from Bournemouth, just two of the names linked.

Barbet worked with Dean Smith before the boyhood Villa fan left Griffin Park in October 2018 to take the Villa hot seat.

Smith will now be hoping that the 26-year-old defender, who can also play at left-back, will follow in his footsteps and join him in the Midlands.


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