According to the Daily Mail, Swansea City have spoken to Bordeaux about a £5m deal for defender Lamine Sane, hijacking Aston Villa's move for him.
The Swans recorded a vital 1-0 home victory over Watford on Monday evening, meaning they sit one point clear of the relegation zone, but still mired in a battle against the drop.
New signings are still needed, and they could be about to serve a huge blow to relegation rivals Aston Villa, by attempting to steal one of their top transfer targets.
Villa are currently bottom of the Premier League table, ten points adrift of Swansea, and are in need of new signings, with the Birmingham Mail suggesting last week that a deal to sign Bordeaux defender Lamine Sane was on the verge of completion.
That move has gone quiet in the past couple of days though, and details are emerging that Villa could lose out to Swansea in the race to sign Sane.
The Daily Mail report that Swansea have already been speaking to Bordeaux about a permanent, £5m deal to bring 28-year-old defensive giant Sane to the Liberty Stadium.
The Senegal international, who plays at either centre back or in defensive midfield, could now be set for a move to South Wales, with Bordeaux preferring a permanent deal to a loan move, as it would give them the funds to replace Sane, who has been with the club since 2008 - and a move to Swansea would leave Villa needing to find another defensive target.