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Aston Villa Hopeful of Securing Bertrand Traore Deal Following Improved Bid

James Cormack
Bertrand Traore played a limited role in Lyon's European success last season
Bertrand Traore played a limited role in Lyon's European success last season / Jean Catuffe/Getty Images
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Aston Villa have upped their bid for Lyon winger Bertrand Traore to £20m, an offer the French club are likely to accept.

The Champions League semi-finalists are set to endure somewhat of a mass exodus this summer despite their European success. Captain Memphis Depay is destined for a move to Barcelona while Jason Denayer and Houssem Aouar are also poised for moves to Europe's elite.

The French club are expecting to lose plenty of talent this summer
The French club are expecting to lose plenty of talent this summer / Pool/Getty Images

Former Chelsea man Traore, meanwhile, has opened the door for a potential exit.

“Now I have two years of contract left. I am 25 years old, I have played everywhere I have been. If my situation in Lyon doesn't change, I can't stay on the bench all the time," Traore recently revealed in an interview (via Foot Mercato).

"I need to play. I have no time to waste, I'm no longer an 18, 19 or 20-year-old player. We will see what will happen.”

The Burkina Faso international's productivity has dwindled since his impressive 13-goal Ligue 1 campaign in 2017/18. He scored seven times in 2018/19 and just once before the league's suspension last time out.

Traore has opened the door for an exit
Traore has opened the door for an exit / Catherine Steenkeste/Getty Images

Nevertheless, he's a player who's garnered plenty of interest from the Premier League. Crystal Palace, Newcastle and Fulham have all been linked with the winger this summer but it's Aston Villa who appear to be leading the race.

The Villans have already had a €17m offer rejected by Lyon, but Sun reporter Alan Nixon understands the club have upped their bid to £20m - which should be enough to secure their man.

Traore is said to be keen on a return to the Premier League after failing to make the grade in west London.

Villa, meanwhile, still have money to spend this summer despite splurging £27m on Brentford striker Ollie Watkins and potentially another £20m in Arsenal goalkeeper Emiliano Martinez.

The Lyon man fits the profile of winger Dean Smith desires and the club are keen to wrap up a deal as soon as possible.

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