Steve Bruce looks to bolster Villa's shaky defence as he has taken Premier League veteran Christopher Samba on trial this week.
Multiple sources have confirmed that the Congolese centre back is training with Villa, in a bid to secure a short term contract with the club. The 32 year old has been a free agent since January, when he contract with Greek Super League side Panathinaikos was mutually terminated.
No stranger to English football, Samba has had spells at Blackburn Rovers and QPR, though he is best known for his £12m move to (then) Russian moneybags Anzhi Makhachkala. However, injuries have taken their toll on the no nonsense defender, and he undoubtedly isn't the same player that Arsenal were eyeing up several seasons ago.
Samba was recently on trial at Crystal Palace, but Palace manager Sam Allardyce opted not to sign a player who he previously manager at Rovers, citing questions over his fitness.
Primarily a central defender, the theory behind signing Samba is solid. Villa have conceded 13 goals in the last six games, and have yet to win in 2017. With such a weak defense, Samba would add a physical presence to a weak back line. On a contract until the end of the season, this wouldn't exactly be the worst signing imaginable.
At Blackburn, Samba was sporadically used as a striker, which, bizarrely, is also an option for Villa. With Hogan, Agbonlahor, Kozak, Hepburn-Murphy and potentially Kodjia too out injured, Aston Villa might have to rely on Keinan Davis to lead the line alone against Derby this weekend. Samba might just be a step up.
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