Aston Villa could still make a final approach to sign Brighton midfielder Yves Bissouma this month with the transfer window set to close on Monday.
According to transfer insider Dean Jones, Villa know what it would take to sign the midfielder and could return with one final bid.
Speaking to GIVEMESPORT, Jones said: “It didn’t really advance as far as they were hoping it would with Bissouma.
“But, at least at this stage, they already know all the terms that are needed to fall into place.
“So whereas other teams, when they start scrambling around for a signing, have to start from square one and get their initial details in place, they’re quite advanced in that already in terms of knowing what they’ve got to do.
“It wouldn’t shock me if suddenly they did at least ask the question of Bissouma one more time.”
It was reported early in the window by Sky Sports that the West Midlands club were interested in the 25-year-old whilst The Athletic claimed that it would take a fee of around £50m for the Seagulls to part ways with the Malian.
Aston Villa could certainly do with reinforcements in midfield with Marvelous Nakamba out until April with a knee injury and Douglas Luiz subject to a potential bid from Tottenham as well as only having 18 months left on his contract with the Villans.
Steven Gerrard has already made two statement signings this window with the captures of Philippe Coutinho on loan from Barcelona and Lucas Digne from Everton as well as adding defender Calum Chambers from Arsenal to his squad.
Bissouma has enjoyed an impressive campaign thus far for the south-coast outfit, averaging an 89% passing accuracy as well as a whopping 3.9 tackles per game whilst also taking 66.6 touches.
As a result, signing the Malian would add significant bite to the Villa midfield with Gerrard keen to play with a 4-3-3 formation and could make the West Midlands outfit a serious force to be reckoned with.
After all, no player in his current squad has made anywhere close to the same number of successful challenges per game with John McGinn top-ranked on 2.9.
It’s clear, therefore, why he’d be such an exciting signing and one that leaves Gerrard delighted; he is perfect for his sytem.