The midfielder left the Championship club earlier this week.
Aston Villa manager Roberto Di Matteo
A report in the Birmingham Mail has claimed that following Idrissa Gueye's move from Aston Villa to Everton this week, Roberto Di Matteo is desperate to bring in another midfielder ahead of the Championship season, and he has already decided some of the attributes that he wants any potential target to possess.
The Mail reports that Gueye's £7.1m departure is unlikely to be the last from Villa's ranks in the middle of the park with both Carlos Sanchez and Jordan Veretout being linked with summer exits in some capacity, which leaves the Villains boss with few options to pick from ahead of their first game of the campaign against Sheffield Wednesday on Sunday.
Idrissa Gueye left Villa Park for Everton this week
The Mail states that the Italian has put together a list of possible targets, and while he is not against the idea of looking abroad for the creative player he craves, he would ideally like to sign someone who has plenty of experience in the top two levels of English football and has a good grasp of the language.
It is understandable that Di Matteo wants additions with plenty of experience. The teams that have tended to be successful in the Championship are the ones that get the balance between youth and experience just right, while also boasting a level of depth that allows them to cope with playing several games in a short space of time.
Last season's two automatically-promoted sides, Burnley and Middlesbrough, had the likes of Joey Barton, Grant Leadbitter and Adam Clayton playing in the middle of the park, and they proved hugely influential in guiding their respective teams to success.
And Di Matteo may feel that finding his own midfield general could be crucial to the club's hopes of getting back into the top flight at the first time of asking.