Having secured loan deals for Philippe Coutinho and Robin Olsen as well as a permanent deal for Lucas Digne worth a reported fee of £25m, Aston Villa have been rather proactive in the January transfer window this season.
With the window set to close in a matter of days, it seems as though the Midlands club are preparing themselves to make another big move and bring in another player on a potentially permanent basis.
According to a recent report from Football Insider, Villa have not given up their hopes of signing Liverpool defender Joe Gomez this month and will make a move to secure his signature before the end of the month.
Since joining Liverpool back in the 2015 summer transfer window from Charlton Athletic, Gomez, who is currently picking up a weekly wage of £85k-per-week according to Salary Sport, has gone on to make a total of 133 appearances across all competitions, winning a Premier League and Champions League title along the way.
Given how Villa only have three senior centre-backs at their disposal at the moment in the shape of Tyrone Mings, Ezri Konsa and Kortney Hause after Axel Tuanzebe had his loan spell at Villa Park cut short earlier this month, there is certainly space in Gerrard’s squad to add a player like Gomez to it this month.
However, with the experience and pedigree that Gomez has, it would be hard to see him come in and not compete for a place in the starting XI rather than just be on the bench for most of the time like Tuanzebe was after Gerrard arrived in mid-November.
Taking into account how the Liverpool centre-back, who Jurgen Klopp has called “sensational” in the past, has only made four appearances for the Reds in the Premier League so far this season with all of them seeing the Englishman coming off the substitutes bench, a move to Villa to play under Gerrard on a regular basis could be very tempting for the 24-year-old.
With that in mind, Villa could end their January transfer window on a massive high note by adding yet another player to their ranks that has experience of playing in the top-flight like their three previous incoming transfers. Digne came from Everton Olsen also had time there and Coutinho having spent a considerable part of his career at Liverpool.