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Premier League linked Maxime Lopez is actively pushing for a move away from Marseille this summer after Aston Villa lodged a bid for his services, according to Estadio Deportivo.

A talented and technically gifted central midfielder who rose through the ranks at a bona fide giant while being labelled the heir apparent to Samir Nasri, it’s testament to Lopez’s attitude and ability that he is now shedding those comparisons with Mr Enfant Terrible himself.

Fortunately, Lopez does not appear to share Nasri’s penchant for hogging the headlines for all the wrong reasons.

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The 22-year-old lets his football do the talking and, on the pitch, he has been transformed from a budding number ten into a deep-lying play-maker capable of controlling the tempo of the game.

The Frenchman’s tidy, patient approach certainly fits Dean Smith’s philosophy like a tailored suit and AreaNapoli claim that Aston Villa have offered £10 million to take Lopez across the Channel this summer.

Tottenham and West Ham United are watching the situation closely too, according to the Star, with cash-strapped Marseille looking to raise funds by flogging one of their most talented footballers.

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According to Estadio Deportivo, Lopez is determined to join a club that would make him feel ‘important’. A diminutive schemer of his talents would surely have a better chance of securing regular first-team football at Villa than, say, a Tottenham.

The report adds that Lopez is taking the next steps to secure his departure from Marseille now that the Ligue 1 season has been brought to an end, with L’OM boss Andre Villas-Boas encouraging him to prepare for a move away from the Stade Velodrome.

The phrase ‘watch this space’ comes to mind.

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