By Harry Sykes

AC Milan are eyeing up a move for Aston Villa defender Jordan Amavi, according to a report.

French publication L’Equipe claim the Italian giants are ready to prise the left-back from the Midlands club, who will play in the Championship next season.

It is said that the 22-year-old, who has been out injured since November, could be available for around £11million.

That could be enough to persuade Villa to sell the player, who has four years remaining on his contract.

Liverpool and Lyon are also keeping close tabs on Amavi, who joined Villa from Nice for £8.6million last summer.

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Relegated Villa are set for a major overhaul of their squad under new manager Roberto Di Matteo this summer following their demotion to the second tier.

Amavi featured regularly when former boss Tim Sherwood was in charge but then suffered a knee injury in November which kept him out for the remainder of the season.

The former France Under-21 international made just 12 appearances for Villa in the recently completed domestic campaign, 10 of which came in the Premier League.

Amavi’s form was fitful when he played but he had a good reputation in France before his move to English football.

In other Aston Villa news, Di Matteo has begun his summer clearout by telling one of the club’s senior figures he is being released.