Villa challenge Ajax for AZ fullback Poulsen

Aston Villa are battling Ajax for AZ Alkmaar fullback Simon Poulsen.

Aston Villa are battling Ajax for AZ Alkmaar fullback Simon Poulsen.

The Denmark international has been a long-term target for Villa and the appointment of new manager Paul Lambert hasn't seen their interest cool.

Ajax coach Frank de Boer sees Poulsen as a replacement for the unsettled Gregory van der Wiel.

But he's likely to face a losing battle should Villa firm up their interest as Poulsen has confessed an ambition to play in England.

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