Aston Villa have reportedly begun discussions over a summer season swoop for Lens defensive midfielder Cheick Doucoure.
The 21-year-old had a powerful season with the Ligue 1 outfit final 12 months, scoring 4 instances and including an help from his midfield holding position. That type led to a lot of golf equipment exhibiting curiosity, with Villa main the way in which amongst Premier League sides.
In response to Goal, Villa have already made contact with the participant’s representatives however they’re but to submit a proper bid.
Lens are reportedly chasing a charge of round €15million (£12.7m) for the participant, a determine that gained’t trigger a difficulty for Villa.
Doucoure is extremely regarded in France and would possible compete with Douglas Luiz for the beginning spot, if he does signal.
Villa are flush with money after Jack Grealish completed a £100m switch to Manchester City. Nevertheless, Dean Smith is set to spend that cash correctly.
To this point they’ve introduced in Emiliano Buendia, Leon Bailey, Danny Ings, Ashley Younger and Axel Tuanzebe.
Extra are anticipated to observe as Villa look to enhance on their Eleventh-placed end from final season.
Norwich star instructed to make Villa change
In the meantime, Norwich star Todd Cantwell has ‘finished his time’ at Carrow Street and may be part of Aston Villa this summer season, based on pundit Kevin Campbell.
Aston Villa are in search of artistic reinforcements after permitting talisman Jack Grealish to hitch Manchester Metropolis. The Premier League champions spent £100m to safe his companies, making Grealish the costliest British participant of all time.
Cantwell and Buendia shaped an important partnership over the past three seasons. And the Englishman may now observe him to Villa Park.
Former Arsenal striker Campbell thinks it’s time for the playmaker to ‘step up’. “Cantwell is a extremely good younger participant,” he instructed Football Insider.
“I don’t assume he’s a direct Grealish substitute, they don’t fairly play in the identical place. I believe Leon Bailey will take that left aspect position within the assault.
“He’s finished his time at Norwich, now it’s time for him to step up. He’s obtained his mate there at Villa, hasn’t he? Emi Buendia is there clearly.
“To me, it looks as if Villa try to interchange Grealish with three or 4 gamers relatively than one.”