Villa battle Sunderland for Osasuna striker Balde

Aston Villa boss Paul Lambert is battling Sunderland for Osasuna striker Ibrahima Balde. Lambert wants to make Senegal striker Balde, 23, his first Aston Villa signing.

Aston Villa boss Paul Lambert is battling Sunderland for Osasuna striker Ibrahima Balde.

Lambert wants to make Senegal striker Balde, 23, his first Aston Villa signing.

But he is going to have to fork out £8million for the Osasuna hitman — and fight off Norwich City, Sunderland and Reading.

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