Villa have allegedly made an offer for the 20-goal Bristol City frontman.
Leeds United defenders Liam Cooper and Gaetano Berardi are both set to return in the near future.
The Liverpool flop is expected to leave the club this summer.
Hull City have put takeover talks on hold, meaning the Tigers will not have a new owner before the end of the transfer window.
Sunderland and West Brom have been linked with Lorient’s Benjamin Moukandjo.
A select round-up of the latest Southampton transfer news...
Manchester United are reportedly set to splash £100m on Paul Pogba.
The Senegalese forward has failed to settle at Goodison Park.
Aston Villa owner Tony Xia is keen to stress that fans
Arsenal manager Arsene Wenger has claimed to have come close to signing a number of world class players.