Aston Villa are already planning for the potential departure of Jack Grealish and are keen on signing Southampton midfielder James Ward-Prowse.
The Villa star has been heavily linked with a move to Manchester City this summer.
According to the Daily Mail, Villa had a bid of around £25 million knocked back for the 26-year-old.
However, they are prepared to submit an improved offer to sign the England international.
Ward-Prowse has been a key player for the Saints over the past few seasons, and he could prove to be a quality addition to Dean Smith’s midfield.
His passing range and set-piece prowess could be an asset for Villa, adding more creativity in the middle of the park.
John McGinn and Douglas Luiz are a solid central pairing, and Ward-Prowse would bring some additional guile to proceedings.
He bagged nine goals and seven assists across all competitions for Southampton and could be more productive in a better team.
Apart from his qualities as a footballer, Ward-Prowse would add leadership qualities to the Villa dressing room.
The Premier League club have already completed the signings of Emiliano Buendia, Ashley Young and Leon Bailey.
Villa are also keen on signing Todd Cantwell from Norwich City.