Aston Villa are tracking Slovenian international midfielder Armin Bacinovic, according to his agent.
The 22-year-old went on record saying he wanted to play in the Premier League before eventually signing a new five-year contract at Serie A outfit Palermo.
However, the former Maribor star has since been frozen out at the Stadio Renzo Barbera by head coach Bortolo Mutti and his agent has now confirmed that the Midlands giants are in the running to sign him during the January transfer window along with Chievo and Napoli.
Amir Ruznic told Zurnal24: "Everything is still open at the moment. Aston Villa are really serious, but as are Chievo.
"I really thought that by the weekend, everything would be sorted, but I have a feeling that we might just have to wait until the very last few days of the transfer window.
"It's a fact that Armin would like to stay with his current club Palermo, but only if he could play regular first-team football.
"President Maurizio Zamparini has a high opinion of him, but we'll see what talks with other clubs will eventually bring to us."
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