Skysports.com understands Aston Villa are closing in on the signing of French youngster Gueida Fofana.
Villa boss Gerard Houllier has targeted the highly-rated Le Havre midfielder as he looks to bolster his squad in the January transfer window.
Fofana impressed during last summer's European Under 19 Championships captaining France to success in the tournament.
Le Havre are resigned to losing Fofana with a number of clubs across Europe keeping tabs on his situation.
However, Villa are hoping to steal a march on their rivals by tabling an offer to Le Havre for the 19-year-old.
Houllier knows all about Fofana from his time as Technical Director for the French Football Federation and he is a big fan of the defensive midfielder.
Villa are hoping to agree a fee with Le Havre as they look to tie up a deal to bring Fofana to the club when the transfer window reopens.