Report: Aston Villa keen on Bordeaux forward Thomas Toure

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The 21-year-old Frenchman was also said to have been on ex-boss Paul Lambert's radar in January.

Aston Villa may have already signed Idrissa Gueye, Jordan Amavi, Jordan Ayew and Jordan Veretout from Ligue 1 this summer but their raid on French football seems to be far from over.

According to Le Parisien, the club are keen on a move for Bordeaux forward Thomas Toure, as manager Tim Sherwood continues to revamp his attack following Christian Benteke’s £32.5 million switch to Liverpool.

Toure, 21, was a regular fixture in the Bordeaux side last season after signing his first professional contract with the club in the summer, before his first-team emergence earned him another fresh deal in December until 2019.

Having featured on the flanks in most of his 27 appearances, the versatile attacker could not manage more than three goals and four assists but his promising performances still received encouraging reviews, as well as reported interest from a host of European sides.

In fact, French football website Football365.fr claimed during the winter transfer window that Villa were one of the clubs who had sent scouts to watch him in action ahead of a potential approach, while Bundesliga outfit Borussia Dortmund were also named as possible suitors.

Then-manager Paul Lambert might have been sacked since but their alleged interest in the former France Under-18 international does not appeared to have waned under Sherwood’s reign.

Villa’s claimed pursuit of Toure also comes after the likes of the Daily Mail reported earlier this month that the club were interested in his £15 million-rated strike-partner Diego Rolan.

Le Parisien’s report backs up those claims, noting that Rolan’s signature could be acquired this summer for the right price, although Villa’s recent transfer dealings would suggest that there is now little chance of a deal happening.

With Rudy Gestede since signing from Blackburn Rovers for around £6 million and Tottenham Hotspur's Emmanuel Adebayor expected to join him, fellow new boy Ayew, Gabby Agbonlahor, Libor Kozak and Callum Robinson in the Midlands, there would not appear to be much sense in bringing in another high-priced front man.

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