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15th Jul, 2016 | 3:43pm

Report: Aston Villa braced for star man bid, £7.1m release clause to be triggered

By Amir Mir

Aston Villa are braced for a bid from French side Lyon for midfield kingpin Idrissa Gueye, according to a report.

Senegalese outlet IGFM claim that Lyon’s president Jean-Michel Aulas has been in contact with Gueye’s representatives over a potential move.

The Senegal international has a release clause of £7.1 million in his club contract, a clause which Lyon are prepared to meet, but fellow French club Marseille failed to pay.

As reported by Football Insider, Marseille pulled out of negotiations with the Midlands outfit after they could not meet his release clause, due to financial difficulties. Instead they have made a move for his teammate Carlos Sanchez.

It is said that the 26-year-old is not keen on a move back to France after his transfer from Lille to Villa Park last summer on a four-year contract.

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But, Lyon are still prepared to activate his release clause and meet his wage demands as they look to add the defensive midfielder to their squad.

Despite the club’s relegation to the Championship last season, the 26-year-old was one of only a few to make an impression on the supporters and is regarded as one of the team’s best players.

Manager Roberto Di Matteo has signed midfielder, Aaron Tshibola on a long-term contract as a possible replacement for Gueye and has publicly stated he is going to trim his large squad ahead of the forthcoming Championship season.

In other Aston Villa transfer news, clubs legends have given their advise on transfers to CEO Keith Wyness as he looks to bring the good times back to Villa Park.