Aston Villa are keeping close tabs on Lens right-back Dimitri Cavare, according to reports in France.
Cavare, 19, has emerged as a regular starter for Lens this season, earning impressive reviews in 16 Ligue 1 appearances, while also breaking into the France Under-20 setup.
Former assistant manager Roy Keane is reported to have first brought the promising defender to boss Paul Lambert’s attention earlier this season, and the club have continued to track his performances since the Irishman’s departure in November.
An imminent move for Cavare would also fall in line with reports that current reserve right-back Matthew Lowton could leave Villa Park this month, with the Telegraph claiming that Swansea City are weighing up a £2 million bid after missing out on Tottenham Hotspur’s Kyle Naughton.
First-choice option Alan Hutton has proven the team’s surprise package so far this season after being granted a second chance under Lambert, but the team would require cover were Lowton to move elsewhere.
"Matty is more frustrated than most because every time Alan has been suspended he's come in and done well,” the Villa boss said ahead of the weekend’s Premier League trip to Leicester.
“He's probably got a good case for going out on loan but I'd be reluctant to let him out. We can't leave ourselves stretched."
Of course, the club wouldn’t have to leave themselves stretched were Cavare brought in, but it remains to be seen whether there is truth to the rumours, or what kind of fee Lens would demand for his signature.