By Harry Sykes
Aston Villa have turned their attention to signing Watford midfielder Adlene Guédioura, according to a report.
The Sun claim the Championship giants have started the process of attempting to secure a £3million deal for the Algeria international.
It is said that Villa manager Steve Bruce is keen to thrash out a fee for the central midfielder as well as agree personal terms in “long-distance” talks with the African Cup of Nations player.
Villa sense an opportunity to secure Guedioura in the January window after Watford snapped up Tom Cleverley on loan from Everton earlier this week.
The 35-times international has been on the fringes of the Watford side this season, although he has made 12 Premier League appearances spread across 722 minutes of action.
Bruce is keen to add extra quality to the centre of his team as part of a “massive shake-up”, with deals active for Barnsley ace Conor Hourihane and Nottingham Forest playmaker Henri Lansbury.
The Championship giants have also made a swoop for Fulham’s left-footed orchestrator Tom Cairney, although he is rated at £20million by his club.
Villa’s need for reinforcements was further demonstrated on Saturday evening, when they lost 1-0 to Wolves at Molineux.
The result means the former Premier League outfit are 13th in the table, 10 points adrift of Sheffield Wednesday in the final play-off position.
In other Aston Villa transfer news, the club have sealed a landmark January deal.