Desperate to bolster their defence down the left hand side this summer, Marseille have targeted Aston Villa’s Jordan Amavi, and are getting closer and closer to getting their man.

A first offer of a loan with a view to buy was presented to the Villains a few days ago, but it appears that has since been rejected, as RMC Sport on Tuesday night reported that a second offer had been made.

The French media outlet claimed the Ligue 1 side submitted a one-year loan offer with €2m up front for the 23-year-old, which included a quasi-automatic clause of €8m based on the number of appearances, meaning that barring another big injury, the transfer will be made permanent before next season.

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Down the player’s end, the Aston Villa left-back has already agreed a four-year contract with Marseille, readying himself to return to France after leaving two years ago when he moved to Villa Park from neighbouring Nice.

Marseille are said to be hoping to wrap up negotiations on Wednesday so the player can undergo his medical on Thursday.

Amavi made 36 appearances in all competitions last season under both Roberto Di Matteo and Steve Bruce, picking up one assist along the way.