Sky Sports reports that Aston Villa have agreed a deal with Lyon to sign Bertrand Traore, amid their long-term links with Rangers star Alfredo Morelos.
Villa have been linked with a swoop for El Bufalo throughout 2020, with Birmingham Live asserting in August that Dean Smith had been monitoring the striker for some time.
However, it now looks unlikely that any offers will be forthcoming from the English side.
That’s because they have already paid a reported club-record £28m fee to bring in Ollie Watkins from Brentford [BBC Sport] and now look set to bring Traore back to the Premier League.
Sky Sports reports that a £17m deal plus £2m in potential add-ons has been agreed with Lyon for Traore, who started his professional career at Chelsea.
The 25-year-old, who can play out wide, as a second striker or as a centre-forward, made 35 appearances for the French club last season, scoring four goals and registering five assists.
Traore is set to undergo a medical abroad on Monday and could arrive at Villa on Wednesday.
Aston Villa agree deal with Lyon for Traore amid links to Rangers star Morelos – Verdict
With the Traore deal looking close to completion, it’s apparent that Morelos will not be heading to Villa Park.
Dean Smith already has Brazilian striker Wesley to call upon, so the additions of Watkins and Traore will surely complete his spending in that area for this summer at least.
The transfer fee involved goes to show that Rangers are right to hold out for £20 million for Morelos, though.
Traore does have Champions League experience and to an extent, his unimpressive stats can be explained by the fact that he was often deployed out on the right flank at Lyon.
However, Morelos netted 25 more goals than the Burkina Faso international last season, many of which came in the highly competitive Europa League, and proven marksmen are hard to come by.