Aston Villa join Besiktas in the race to sign Ivo Pinto

Aston Villa have joined Besiktas in the race to sign Dinamo Zagreb’s Ivo Pinto.

The Black Eagles are in the market for a new right back as they currently have no alternative to Serdar Kurtuluş.

Beşiktaş conceded goals against Erciyesspor and Fenerbahce down their right flank when they were forced to play Necip Uysal – a central midfielder – at right back.

Ivo Pinto had been singled out by manager Slaven Bilic as a top priority and the club have already made an enquiry to his club Dinamo Zagreb.

According to reports in the British media, Aston Villa are also preparing a bid for the former Portuguese U21 international who is valued at €5 million by his club.

Aston Villa are on the lookout for new defenders in January to strengthen their defence which has only kept one clean sheet this season.

Pinto has provided 4 assists in 22 games for the Croatian side this season.