Aston Villa have been linked with a move for Lens defensive midfielder Cheick Doucoure.
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Lens are holding out for around €15 million (£12.7m), and Villa can comfortably afford to meet the asking price.
Doucoure is highly rated in France and has the potential to compete with Douglas Luiz for a starting berth if he signs for Villa.
The Midlands club are competing with Atalanta for Doucoure, who made 33 Ligue 1 appearances last season.
He helped Lens secure survival in the French top-flight following promotion out of Ligue 2 the season before.
Doucoure made more tackles and interceptions combined (144) than all but one under-21 midfielder in Europe’s top five leagues last term.
His potential addition to the ranks would boost Villa’s hopes of mounting a serious challenge for European qualification this season.
Villa have already splashed the cash on Emiliano Buendia, Leon Bailey and Danny Ings, while Ashley Young has returned to the club on a free transfer.
With Jack Grealish leaving Villa to join Manchester City for £100m, more incoming are expected before the transfer window closes.