By Villa News Speaking to Alan Hutton

15th Sep, 2023 | 8:10am

Bertrand Traore tipped to quit Aston Villa on Friday

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Alan Hutton wouldn’t be shocked to see Bertrand Traore leave Aston Villa and return to Turkey before the Super Lig transfer window closes on Friday.

Traore, 28, spent the first half of last season on loan at Istanbul Basaksehir before being recalled by Unai Emery in the January transfer window.

The Burkina Faso international played 18 times in all competitions for Basaksehir, scoring three goals before returning to the West Midlands and netting twice in eight appearances.

Traore started just once in the Premier League for Emery last season and so far this term, the ex-Chelsea forward has played for just nine minutes in the league, which was as a substitute against Burnley on 27 August.

Emery has left Traore out of two of his four matchday squads in the league this season and Hutton can see Traore potentially heading back to Turkey before their transfer window closes on Friday.

Speaking to Villa News, Hutton said: “It’s another one I wouldn’t be shocked at.

He got called back early last season and scored a couple of important goals so he’s done his bit.

When he went out on loan, I thought that would probably be his Villa career over but circumstances brought him back quicker.

“I think he probably did well enough in Turkey for other teams to be looking at him. It’s an option if somebody wants that kind of player and I’m sure he’d be up for it because he’s been there, seen it and knows what the league is like.

It wouldn’t be a problem for him.

We’re just going to have to watch this space and see what comes up.”

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