The Newcastle Journal is reporting today that Morocco international left-back Badr El-Kaddouri has claimed Aston Villa and Newcastle are both after him.
Badr El-Kaddouri – currently at Dynamo Kiev
This may be a case of the player trying to play his own case up, with the player currently at Ukranian club, Dynamo Kiev, which is Andriy Shevchenko’s first club.
Aston Villa’s left-back Wilfred Bouma is facing several months out injured,Â after the Dutchman suffered a terrible dislocated ankle in Saturday’s Intertoto Cup win over Odense.
And Sky Sports is reporting that Martin O’Neill has been linked with a move for El-Kaddouri, as Bouma’s short term replacement.
The 27-year-old has already told Sky Sports there is in fact interest from both Villa and Newcastle United:
“There have been enquiries from Aston Villa since last year, however since Saturday, Aston Villa want me,”
“They are an ambitious club, my agent is looking into it.”
“He told me Newcastle have made enquiries about me and they are also willing to sign me.”
El-Kaddouri played against Manchester United in last season’s UEFA Champions League, and was asked whether he had a preference for a move to Villa Park or St James’ Park, but the player was wisely non-committal:
“I am not sure, I am not answering those questions.”
“What I know is there are contacts with the two teams and the press will know my destination very soon.”
Badr El Kaddouri was born in January, 1981 and is a current member of the Moroccan National football side, and is currently at Dynamo Kyiv.
El Kaddouri was part of the Moroccan 2004 Olympic football team, who exited in the first round, finishing third in group D, behind group winners Iraq and runners-up Costa Rica.