Nigerian midfielder Ifeanyi Matthew has emerged as a surprise transfer target for English Championship side Aston Villa
According to HITC the English side are looking to Scandinavia to enhance their squad in January with Sandefjord striker Kastrati and Lillestrom prodigy Matthew under consideration.
Earlier this season Villa Chief Scout, Tony Coton was spotted in Sandejfords match with Lillestrom in Norway on Sunday and the players he was belived to be monitoring were: Ifeanyi Matthew (Lillestrom) (Midfield) Erling Knudtzon (Lillestrom) (Midfield) Flamur Kastrati (Sandefjord) (ST)
Villa need to strengthen in the attack and midfield as regulars, Keinan Davis, Gabriel Agbonlahor and Scott Hogan have scored four times between them for Villa in the entirety of 2017
Villa would willingly consider Kastrati as well as Lillestrom’s ever-present Ifeanyi Matthew.
A 20-year-old central midfielder, the Nigerian has enjoyed a superb breakthrough campaign, scoring three times and set up a further three in 30 league starts. Matthew is renowned for his defensive work rate, dynamic running and power-packed shots – a real aggressive, box-to-box midfielder
The former Golden Eaglet has been impressive in Norway winning this season’s Norwegian Cup after they defeated Sarpsborg 08 3-2
The former Kano Pillars and El Kanemi Warriors star played every minute of his team’s 30 league games