As reported by the Telegraph, Aston Villa are set to formalise their interest in Loris Karius of Mainz, by readying a bid for the young German goalkeeper.
Their interest in the 22-year-old stopper was first reported last week, when the Mirror claimed that Tim Sherwood had sent scouts to watch the Mainz star.
Sherwood is said to be unhappy with the form of Brad Guzan, with Villa’s first choice struggling between the sticks, but as Mark Bunn is hardly a quality back-up, bringing in a new goalkeeper is one of the head coach’s priorities in the January transfer window.
Sherwood has already been very gung-ho with his transfer policy, and replacing the USA international with the young German would be another bold move, but one that could have exceptional long-term rewards.
Karius is considered one of the best young keepers in European football, having played 69 times for Mainz since signing for the Bundesliga side in 2012 from Manchester City. He has built an impressive reputation, progressing through all the youth levels of international football with Germany, currently playing as part of the Under-21 side.
Villa scout Tony Coton has been suitably impressed by Karius since watching him, and the Telegraph report states that Villa are ready to submit a bid for the young stopper, ahead of attempting to bring him back to the Premier League in the January transfer window.