Nantes reportedly target Jordan Veretout reunion but Aston Villa may need persuading

Aston Villa manager Steve Bruce

Jordan Veretout started his career with Nantes and could return to the Ligue 1 club this summer - if they can agree a deal with Aston Villa.

Aston Villa's Jordan Veretout in actionJordan Veretout scored seven goals for Nantes in 2014/15 to earn a move to Aston Villa

Two years after Aston Villa raided Nantes for their prized asset Jordan Veretout for a fee of £8 million, as reported by the Daily Mail, the midfielder could be set for a rather premature return to his former club.

FootMercato claim that Nantes will offer Veretout a return to Ligue 1 this summer with Villa seemingly desperate to sell. In fact, the report adds that the Championship club, who need to sell before they can buy due to Financial Fair Play restrictions, will even accept a £1 million loss on the midfielder.

Whether the Canaries, now managed by Claudio Ranieri, will agree to pay such a fee remains to be seen. FootMercato claim that they will attempt to agree a loan deal for the former France youth prodigy, who starred alongside Paul Pogba and Geoffrey Kondogbia to lift he Under-20 World Cup in 2013.

Villa would surely rather make some money on Veretout now, considering that they are yet to get off the mark in the transfer window due to a lack of funds.

Aston Villa's Jordan Veretout in action with Swansea's Gylfi Sigurdsson

The dynamic midfielder, who began his career with Nantes, only started 21 games for the club in his debut 2015/16 season, struggling to adapt to the physicality of the Premier League as Villa finished bottom of the table.

However, he revived his reputation with an impressive loan spell at St Etienne last season, meaning it is no surprise that his former club are willing to give him an escape route from Villa Park.

- St. Etienne's Jordan Veretout in action against Gabala’s Filip Ozobic

Yet, they may be forced to stump up a hefty transfer fee before Steve Bruce’s side will sanction a departure.

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