Following Tim Sherwood’s sacking last week, Villa have dominated the headlines as pundits and Premier League observers alike speculate over the new incoming manager.
Garde is the man largely named as the favourite to take the job and fresh reports in the Telegraph suggest a deal to appoint the Frenchman is edging ever closer as a meeting with Lerner has already taken place.
"Lerner, the Villa chairman, flew by private jet from his home in New York to meet Garde earlier this week and the club are hopeful of naming the Frenchman as Tim Sherwood’s successor before next Sunday’s game against Manchester City," the report states.
Garde has been out of a job since leaving Lyon at the end of 2013/14 season.
During his three-year stint at the Stade de Gerland, the 49-year-old former defender helped the club win the Coupe de France as well as the Champions Trophy in 2012.
He boasted an impressive 51% win percentage while at Lyon, although the re-emergence of Paris Saint-Germain and later Monaco prevented him from lifting the Ligue 1 trophy.
Aston Villa currently have a number of former France-based players in their ranks and his appointment could help bring the squad closer together.
Lerner hasn’t been the most popular person at Villa Park in recent seasons but appointing Garde would represent a step in the right direction and a possible catalyst to a Premier League survival charge. If he can succeed.