Aston Villa are hoping to secure the signing of Bertrand Traore.

The Premier League side wish to sign the forward for close to £20 million in the coming days.

BBCclaims Villa have bid roughly £19 million and are talking with Lyon about finalising the agreement.

The 25-year-old is ready to move, and is familiar with the club thanks to the presence of Chelsea legend and Villa assistant coach John Terry.

Traore is from Burkina Faso and will need a work permit.

It is a move that shows the manager Dean Smith’s desire to improve his attacking options.

Villa are also close to signing Emiliano Martinez from Arsenal, with the goalkeeper joining for £20 million.