Aston Villa boss Gerard Houllier has confirmed his interest in signing Lyon midfielder Jean Makoun.
Houllier is keen to bolster his squad in this month's transfer window and Cameroon international Makoun is among his list of targets.
However, Houllier admits Lyon's asking price of around £7million could be too high for Villa to go to.
"What is the position with Makoun? There is dialogue going on at the moment," admitted Houllier.
"But the price is too high and we'll do what is right for the club."
Ireland recallHoullier also hinted that out-of-favour midfielder Stephen Ireland could also return to his plans after not being part of his matchday squad in recent games.
"I still believe Stephen has got great ability. Sometimes it takes more time to settle into a new team," added Houllier.
"But I trust him at some stage to deliver and show what he can do."