By Amir Mir

Aston Villa will look to replace departed midfielder Idrissa Gueye, according to a report.

The Birmingham Mail state that manager Roberto Di Matteo will not leave himself short on numbers in the middle of the park and that he has a list of midfield enforcers that he will consider before the close of the transfer window.

Everton announced on Tuesday afternoon that Gueye has sealed a £7.1 million move to Goodison Park after the Premier League outfit activated his release clause.

Villa are looking to sell midfield duo Jordan Veretout and Carlos Sanchez, as they attract interest from numerous European clubs.

This leaves Di Matteo with new summer signing Aaron Tshibola, Ashley Westwood, and academy Graduates Gary Gardner and Jordan Lyden all vying for a midfield spot.

The report says the Italian manager is on the search for a creative midfielder, as well as a midfield enforcer, and that his ideal player needs Championship or Premier League experience.

Di Matteo does not rule out a player from abroad, but his preferred option is for the player to speak English.

It is also reported that the much-criticised director of scouting, Paddy Riley is still working with the club, as the Midlands outfit have yet to officially announce the arrival of a new technical director.

In other Aston Villa transfer news, manager Roberto Di Matteo has tabled a £12 million bid for this highly-sought striker.