Noel Whelan has heaped praise on Aston Villa for their recruitment so far this summer ahead of a potential £17million deal for Lyon forward Bertrand Traore.
Speaking exclusively to Football Insider correspondent Dylan Childs, the former Leeds United striker claimed that the club have scouted the 25-year-old “for a while” and said that his pace will be an asset to the side.
His 126 appearances for the French giants have yielded 33 goals and 17 assists but he has fallen down the pecking order under Rudi Garcia.
Traore is a product of the Chelsea academy and a player Villa assistant manager John Terry knows well from their time together at Stamford Bridge.
When asked by Football Insider if the winger would be a welcome addition at Villa Park, Whelan said: “It is important that they get players around Grealish.