Aston Villa are chasing Shrewsbury winger Chris Humphrey, skysports.com understands.
Humphrey has attracted the interest of a host of clubs following a number of eye-catching performances this season.
Scouts have been flocking to the Prostar Stadium to cast an eye over the player, with Villa among the interested onlookers.
Villa are now believed to be ready to follow up their interest with a firm move for the jet-heeled wide-man in order to steal a march on their rivals.
Humphrey is out of contract in the summer and with Shrewsbury confirming they have shelved contract talks with all players, they could risk losing the former West Brom youngster for a small compensation fee at the end of the season.