Saint-Etienne have dismissed their manager and have already sought out Southampton boss Puel, according to reports.
The St Etienne coach's rallying cry ahead of Wednesday's crucial Europa League clash smacks of hope and ambition; traits missing at Aston Villa.
Swedish striker Zlatan Ibrahimovic has been a big hit since moving to Old Trafford from France.
Aston Villa offered Christophe Galtier the chance to come to the Premier League in 2015.
The St. Etienne manager reveals he has met up with transfer target Jordan Veretout recently.
The Frenchman was reportedly on the shortlist before Remi Garde was appointed.
Newcastle United are considering their options.
Le 10 Sport claim that the Premier League side were ready to activate his €10 million (£7m) St Etienne release clause.
The former Arsenal captain would be a gamble as the new manager at Villa Park.
Aston Villa are reportedly pursuing Christophe Galtier.