Aston Villa target Real Madrid ace in battle to beat the drop

Premier League strugglers Aston Villa are lining up a move for former Real Madrid ‘keeper Antonio Adan next month, reports Spanish outlet Diario AS.

The Real Betis custodian is reportedly on manager Remi Garde’s radar as he bids to pull off a remarkable escape from the relegation zone.

It is understood that the Frenchman has not been wholly impressed by current shot-stopper Brad Guzan and is actively chasing an upgrade on the American.

Despite the likes of Steve Mandanda and Salvatore Sirigu being mentioned, it is believed the Spaniard has now emerged as a top target.

The Midlands club are said to be preparing an £8m bid for the 28-year old ahead of the transfer market once again opening for business on January 2nd.

A product of the Real Madrid youth academy, Adan made seven appearances for Los Blancos as a controversial alternative to Iker Casillas while playing under Jose Mourinho.