West Ham United are reportedly rivalling Leicester City to sign Celtic loanee Patrick Roberts from Manchester City, which in turn could help Championship side Aston Villa in the summer transfer window.
The Sun claim the Hammers are eyeing a £15million move to sign 21-year-old Roberts, who is currently sidelined at Celtic with a muscle injury picked up in November during a 1-1 draw against Motherwell.
It is believed that the Hammers are considering a move to sign the England youth international but face stiff competition from Claude Puel's Foxes for the fleet-footed winger, who has shown an eye for goal and the ability to provide an assist north of the border.
But if Man City do indeed look to sell the youngster to David Moyes' Hammers, surely then Aston Villa will find it a whole lot easier in convincing West Ham to allow Robert Snodgrass to make his loan move permanent at Villa Park?
Snodgrass, 30, has been in exceptional form for Villa this season after agreeing a season-long loan move to the Championship side. He has scored seven goals as well as laying on eight assists during 25 Championship appearances.
The former Leeds United and Hull City winger has been crucial in helping Steve Bruce's side remain in a battle for the Championship promotion places, with Villa sitting comfortably in third place.
The Daily Mail claimed back in August that Snodgrass' loan to Villa includes a clause for a permanent deal to be struck at the end of the loan, so surely the purchase of Roberts would indeed help Villa in their pursuit of Snodgrass?