Lorient vice-president Alex Hayes has told Le Telegramme that Aston Villa have yet to reach an agreement for Jordan Ayew - but talks have been held.
Ayew, 23, joined Lorient from Marseille last summer, and showed what he can do with regular first team football, scoring 13 goals in 28 appearances last term.
Now though, those goals have attracted interest, with Sky Sports reporting that Aston Villa had submitted a £12m bid for the Ghanaian international.
Villa are seeking a replacement for striker Christian Benteke, who joined Liverpool earlier this week, and Ayew appears to be their top target.
However, Lorient vice-president Hayes has told Le Telegramme that whilst the two clubs are in 'deep talks' over the striker, there has been no agreement yet - and the player is expected to play in tonight's friendly against Caen.
"Jordan is under contract. He must be present this evening. We are deep in talks with Aston Villa," said Hayes. "For a deal to be done, both clubs need to agree. If the deal is done, it will be very good for him. If not, he is obliged to return. We hope in any case for a positive outcome," he added.
What would Ayew offer Villa?
Ghana international Ayew had a superb debut season for Lorient, and has now proven himself enough to earn a move to a bigger club.
Ayew possesses great speed to run in behind defences, as well as technical ability to drop off from the front and create opportunities for other players.
With versatility to play out wide as well, Ayew could be a vital forward for Tim Sherwood, enabling the Villa boss to play a number of different systems yet incorporate the goalscoring ability of Ayew into all of them.
£12m may be pricey considering it would be based on his single season at Lorient, but Ayew certainly has potential to be a star in the Premier League if Villa do close a deal for him.