According to The Sun, Aston Villa boss Remi Garde has sent scouts to watch Burnley star Michael Keane in action, ahead of the January transfer window.
Garde has seen his side leak seven goals in the last two games, with Saturday's 3-2 home defeat to Watford a major disappointment for the Frenchman.
Appointed at the start of the month, Garde - who replaced Tim Sherwood as Villa manager - is still searching for his first win as Villa boss, and he must be looking to improve his defence in January.
The likes of Joleon Lescott and Ciaran Clark have struggled at times during the season, and Garde may look to bring in a new centre half to partner Micah Richards.
The Sun report that Garde has sent scouts to watch Burnley ace Michael Keane in action, and it's believed that Villa now lead Everton in the race to sign the 22-year-old.
Both teams are keenly pursuing the former Manchester United centre back, and Keane has been a mainstay of the Burnley side under Sean Dyche, with his consistently excellent performances unsurprisingly attracting interest.
Villa will no doubt view Keane as the player who can help solidify their defence, and fans would surely be glad to see them targeting talented young English players rather than looking abroad, as they did during the summer transfer window.