Leicester City have named Ibrahim Sangare as a major transfer target this summer, but need to find £30m to sign the much-loved midfielder.
Villa and West Ham have been heavily linked with Sangare, who delivered a string of impressive performances in the Europa Conference League for PSV until they were knocked out by the Foxes.
His displays have put a host of clubs on red alert for the midfielder, but the Sun claim he has now become a prime target for the Foxes, with Youri Tielemans set to leave the club this summer.
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Villa are hoping to strengthen their midfield this summer, which worries Gerrard as they look to close the gap to the top six next season.
He has already been linked with moves for Kalvin Phillips from Leeds United and Yves Bissouma from Brighton, with a major engine room overhaul expected once the transfer window reopens.
Gerrard attended Leicester’s first leg against PSV, although it could have been a double reconnaissance as part of their preparations to face the Foxes, with the two clubs battling to a goalless draw yesterday.
However, the Villa head coach says he is already planning to make additions this summer.
“There’s work in the background,” Gerrard said of the transfer targets scouted ahead of the June 10 summer window opening. “My close staff all know where we are strong. We all know where we need support, whether in an individual area or in a certain team unit.”