Aston Villa have reportedly emerged as the most likely destination for Everton defender Lucas Digne.
Earlier this week, Toffees boss Rafael Benitez acknowledged that the France international was keen to secure a transfer away from Goodison Park before the end of the January transfer window.
Needing a replacement for long-term injury victim Ben Chilwell, Chelsea have been regarded as the clear favourites to get a deal over the line.
However, according to Sky Sports News, Villa are in advanced negotiations for the 28-year-old.
Steven Gerrard has allegedly been in the market for another left-back with Bologna’s Aaron Hickey being heavily linked with a switch to Villa Park.
Nevertheless, it appears that Digne will now arrive as competition for Matt Targett with Villa seemingly prepared to sign the player for a fee in excess of £20m.
Newcastle United have also been linked with an approach for Digne in recent weeks.