A selection of the latest stories in the media involving Aston Villa in the last 24 hours…
Rumours of a Manchester United swoop appear to have forced Liverpool into action and a deal could soon be agreed.
Roma and Inter were believed to be interested but it appears Villa have stolen a march on their rival pursuers, and a deal for the Malaga midfielder is now close.
Villa face competition in the form of Stoke and BSC Young Boys, however, and have their work cut out to get a deal over the line.
The Villans are said to be planning how best to reinvest the Benteke windfall they are set to receive, and the talented 23-year old has now appeared on the club’s radar.
The Frenchman joined last season from Valencia but fell out of favour once Sherwood took the reigns and Fiorentina are reportedly interested in taking him off Villa’s hands.