Aston Villa remain interested in signing Japanese international Hiroshi Kiyotake, according to The Daily Mirror.
Midfielder Kiyotake, who currently plays for German outfit FC Nuremberg, has been attracting the attention of a number of clubs across Europe following a promising debut season in the Bundesliga in which he netted four goals and provided 10 assists.
Nuremburg are reportedly holding out for a £10million fee for one of their key assets.
However, Villa boss Paul Lambert is believed to be keen to trim his existing squad before making any serious moves for the 23-year-old.
Want-away striker Darren Bent, Scottish defender Alan Hutton and midfielders Stephen Ireland and Barry Bannan are believed to be among those expected to leave Villa Park this summer.
Bent is believed to be close to securing a move away, with Fulham and Alan Pardew's Newcastle United both interested. Scottish international Bannan, meanwhile, has been subject to strong interest from Blackburn Rovers.
Lambert, who guided his young squad to 15th in the table during his first campaign in charge, has been particularly active thus far during the summer transfer window.
Defender Jores Okore and striker Nicklas Helenius have arrived from the Danish Superliga, Dutch winger Leandro Bacuna has been brought in from FC Gronigen, Spanish left-back Antonio Luna has signed from Sevilla while Alexsandar Tonev has joined from Polish side Lech Poznan.
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