By Harry Sykes

Liverpool are in talks to sign Aston Villa left-back Jordan Amavi, according to a report.

Khaled Karouri, a correspondent for French publication Foot Mercato, has claimed on Twitter that the Premier League giants have made a move for Amavi.

Karouri reported on his personal Twitter account on Saturday that Liverpool are rivalling Marseille for the signature of the defender, who joined Villa from Nice for £9million in the summer of 2015.

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.

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The former France Under-21 international is back to something approaching his best form after suffering an anterior cruciate ligament injury in November of last year.

Amavi has slowly recaptured full fitness this season and has been a mainstay of the team since Steve Bruce took over from Roberto Di Matteo in mid-October.

The Frenchman has made 17 appearances in all competitions this season and is expected to be named in the Villa side that face Burton in the Championship on Boxing Day.

Liverpool have used midfielder James Milner in the left-back position this season with some success after Jurgen Klopp lost patience with the inconsistencies of Alberto Moreno.

Amavi appears to be a serious option for Klopp as a medium or long-term alternative to Milner and Moreno.

In other Aston Villa transfer news, the club are in talks to sign three midfielder in January, although one deal has hit a stumbling block.