Aston Villa have stepped up their interest in Winger winger Charles N'Zogbia by submitting a £10 million bid, Press Association Sport understands.
Villa manager Alex McLeish considers France international N'Zogbia his number one target to replace Liverpool-bound Stewart Downing.
The midlands club have ample funds available with the sale of Ashley Young to Manchester United and Downing - if his move to Anfield goes through - raising £36 million this summer.
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