Aston Villa have set their sights on signing goalscoring Nice midfielder Wylan Cyprien before the summer window shuts, Football Insider understands.
The Frenchman, 25, is one of the Ligue 1 club’s prize assets and could be sold for financial reasons ahead of the 5 October cut-off.
A recruitment source has told Football Insider that agent Mark McKay has been given an exclusive mandate by Nice to sell the player to interested clubs including Villa.
McKay has a proven track record in helping English clubs sign top talents from the French top flight.
He helped bring Bertrand Traore, Idrissa Gueye and Jordan Ayew to Villa Park and was also a middleman in the big-money West Ham captures of Dmitri Payet and Issa Diop.
Cyprien has emerged on the radar of the Midlands giants after proving himself in Ligue 1 for Nice and previous club Lens.