By Harry Sykes
Monaco are eyeing up a move for Aston Villa defender Jordan Amavi, according to a report.
French publication Le 10 Sport claim the big-spending French club are ready to prise the left-back from the Midlands club, who is due to play in the Championship next season.
It is said that the 22-year-old, who has been out injured since November, is valued at £11.9million by Villa.
He is considered to be one of the club’s biggest assets after making a sound early impression following his £8.6million transfer from Nice last summer.
Liverpool, AC Milan and Lyon have also been linked with Amavi, who has four years remaining on his contract.
Relegated Villa are set for a major overhaul of their squad under new manager Roberto Di Matteo this summer following their demotion to the second tier.
Amavi featured regularly when former boss Tim Sherwood was in charge but then suffered a knee injury in November which kept him out for the remainder of the season.
The former France Under-21 international made just 12 appearances for Villa in the recently completed domestic campaign, 10 of which came in the Premier League.
Amavi’s form was solid when he played and he had a good reputation in France before his move to English football.
In other Aston Villa news, Di Matteo has begun his summer clearout by telling one of the club’s senior figures he is being released.