By Coral Barry
Aston Villa want to rebuild their squad around Liverpool forward Jerome Sinclair as relegation to the Championship looms, according to reports.
Sinclair, a Liverpool academy graduate, is out of contract in the summer and has rejected a new deal from the Merseysiders.
The Mirror claims that Villa have already made contact with Liverpool over a possible summer deal.
The Midlands club are attracted to the fact that Sinclair, 19, will soon be a free agent and available for a compensation fee as he is under the age of 24.
If the two clubs were unable to reach an agreement a tribunal hearing would be left to decide on his transfer fee.
Liverpool went through the same process to sign Danny Ings in the summer after the striker left Burnley when his deal ended.
Villa are eager to do their transfer business on the cheap as they prepare for what seems like their inevitable relegation from the Premier League.
Sinclair has made two appearances for Liverpool this season and scored his first goal for the club against Exeter in the FA Cup in January, but has yet to feature in the league during the current campaign.
However, Villa could be in for some lengthy negotiations after Liverpool rejected a £3million bid for Sinclair from Watford in January.