Aston Villa are preparing to make a bid for Crystal Palace player James McCarthy, according to The Daily Mail.
The report claims that Dean Smith’s side are considering to make a £5 million bid for the 29-year-old whose current contract with the club will expire in a year.
The Lions are looking to strengthen their squad for the 2020-21 campaign after coming extremely close to getting relegated to the Championship this season.
They managed to survive relegation on the final day after earning a 1-1 draw at West Ham with Watford also losing to the Gunners at the Emirates Stadium.
Their fans must be feeling very lucky that their team retained their top-flight status, and now they will be hoping for an easier time of things next season.
McCarthy has a lot of experience playing in the Premier League, for he has played for Palace, Everton and Wigan Athletic in the top division.
Villa need an experienced figure who can inspire others in the team with less top-flight experience.
Danny Drinkwater will probably not come back to Villa Park now, so they can sign McCarthy as a replacement.