By Amir Mir
Liverpool are in talks to sign Aston Villa fan favourite Jordan Amavi – and fans on Twitter are hoping the club don’t sell one of their best players.
Khaled Karouri, a correspondent for French publication Foot Mercato, has claimed on his personal Twitter account that the Premier League giants have made a move for Amavi.
Info : rude concurrence pour l'OM concernant Amavi. Joueur toujours pas emballé outre mesure, Liverpool s'immisce dans la brèche. pic.twitter.com/vHTCy83n4i
— Khaled Karouri (@KhaledKarouri) December 23, 2016
Foot Mercato, as cited by Get French Football News, claim Liverpool are in “ongoing contact” with the entourage of Amavi.
It is said that Marseille have made the Frenchman, 22, their number one priority in January but the player is only interested in a move to the Premier League.
Understandably, supporters were hoping that the Championship club don’t sell the left-back when the transfer window opens next month.
One fan stated that it will show whether or not Villa are still are a selling club, having sold a number of their big stars in recent years, most notably Christian Benteke to Liverpool during the summer of 2015.
Another supporter urged owner Tony Xia to show that they are not a selling club by keeping hold of the highly-rated defender next month.
But one Villa fan felt that if they do sell Amavi, then they would be stupid not to accept at least £25 million for his services.
Overall the Villa Park faithful were hoping that Amavi stays at the club and helps them earn promotion back to the top-flight this season.
Here is a selection of their message on Twitter:
— Cagliari Villan (@Cagliari_Villa) December 24, 2016
My 2017 predictions are villa's best year in 6 years and Amavi will continue to go from strength to strength.
— MrAstonVilla (@villa1st) December 24, 2016
— Justin Cox (@CoxJustincox) December 24, 2016
@Dr_TonyXia Hope that we aren't about to sell one of our best player's in Amavi
— Thomas Holmes (@TomholmesThomas) December 24, 2016
@Dr_TonyXia with all these rumours of potential bids for Amavi, what are you going to say to keep Amavi with Villa?
— will smith (@Villafc1874) December 24, 2016
Kiopp should stick with Milner he is a better defender than Amavi.
— Stuart McHale #StandUp4Brexit (@PartyzoneMc) December 24, 2016
Amavi has become a firm fan favourite since joining the Midlands side during the summer of 2015 when he signed from Ligue 1 outfit Nice for a fee of £9 million.
He suffered an anterior cruciate ligament injury in November last year during Villa’s humiliating relegation.
Despite the wretched performances from his teammates, Amavi was one of a few who left unscathed from fan criticism.
This season he has played 16 Championship games, providing one assist and he is beginning to show the form that won him plaudits last term.
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