Report: Aston Villa make offer for Arsenal-linked left-back Jordan Amavi

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The France Under-21 international is coming off a breakout campaign with Ligue 1 side Nice.

Aston Villa have lodged a bid for promising Nice left-back Jordan Amavi, according to France Football.

Amavi, 21, emerged as one of Ligue 1’s most exciting prospects last season, making 36 appearances and scoring four goals as Nice secured an 11th-place finish.

His performances did not go unnoticed across Europe either and a host of top clubs across Europe have since been linked with the France Under-21 international’s signature.

French football website Mercato365 claimed just last week that Arsenal, Atletico Madrid and top-flight rivals Lyon are all interested in the 5ft 9in speedster, who can also operate on the left wing, while Villa are now said to have joined the race with a recent offer of an undisclosed amount.

As Tim Sherwood prepares to remodel his squad in his first transfer window in charge, a move for Amavi also makes clear sense given both his fondness for emerging talent and the club’s clear need for left-back help.

Summer signing Aly Cissokho is believed to be heading for the exit door after being told that he is not in the club’s plans for next season [h/t Daily Mail], while makeshift option Kieran Richardson proved solid but unspectacular after emerging as Sherwood’s first-choice during the run-in.

Injuries also forced Alan Hutton, Matthew Lowton and Charles N’Zogbia to deputise at the position at various points over the final months of the campaign, while the Villa boss even had to draft the inexperienced Lewis Kinsella into the first-team for a handful of games in March.

Scotland international Andrew Robertson has been mentioned as a potential target following Hull City’s relegation to the Championship [h/t The Scotsman] but, with Tigers boss Steve Bruce demanding £12 million just for his right leg, bringing him to the Midlands would not be straightforward.

Amavi would likely come much cheaper, with France Football claiming that Villa’s proposal is around where Nice value their star prospect, but it remains to be seen whether rival interest from the likes of Arsenal could scupper their plans.

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