Aston Villa have reportedly agreed a £9m fee with Lille for midfielder Idrissa Gueye.
And that could give Liverpool and Manchester City a boost in their pursuit of Fabian Delph.
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The England international has been linked with a move up the Premier League. City in particular are thought to be keen as they seek to improve their home-grown quota, while Liverpool are after a replacement for Steven Gerrard.
Delph only signed a new contract at the Midlands club earlier this year, but it seems that Villa still fear that they could lose him.
Tim Sherwood has moved to bring in a ready-made replacement, with Sky Sports claiming that 25-year-old Gueye arrived at Birmingham airport today to undergo a medical and discuss personal terms.
The Senegalese, who helped Lille finish eighth in Ligue 1 last season, would be Villa’s most expensive purchase since the signing of Charles N’Zogbia from Wigan Athletic in 2011.