By Harry Sykes

Aston Villa are keeping close tabs on Charleroi left-back Francis N’Ganga, according to a report.

The Sun claim that Villa manager Steve Bruce is weighing a move for the Republic of the Congo defender.

It is said that Bruce is in the hunt for left-back cover and that N’Ganga has been regularly watched by Villa in the Belgian league.

The 31-year-old has played 13 matches for Charlerloi this season and has impressed as an attacking full-back.

At Villa, the first-choice left-back is Jordan Amavi, who has recovered from the anterior cruciate ligament injury that ruined his debut campaign in the Midlands.

The £8million signing from Nice has started the last three league matches and is emerging as a favourite of Bruce.

Villa are currently 14th in the table and have improved remarkably since the appointment of Bruce as manager, following the sacking of Roberto Di Matteo in October.

Di Matteo won just once in 11 league matches, while Bruce has steered Villa to three wins and two draws from his five games at the helm.

In other Aston Villa transfer news, the club’s January transfer target is set to be offered a new deal.