Coming close to signing for West Ham last summer, Edouard Mendy remained at Stade de Reims this season to help them fight against relegation.
The Senegal international did just that and more, as the club finished eighth in Ligue 1, as he conceded 42 goals in 38 appearances while keeping 14 clean sheets.
His impressive performances haven’t gone unnoticed, and two of the three newly promoted clubs in the Premier League have taken an interest in him: Aston Villa and Norwich City.
According to L’Equipe, both the Villains and the Canaries have ‘concretely manifested themselves’ as potential landing spots for the 27-year-old, who looks more and more certain to be leaving the French side this summer.
Reims are said to have received phone calls from the pair, with Daniel Farke and Dean Smith both seemingly trying to add some competition for their current goalkeepers ahead of tough 2019-20 campaigns.
Norwich renewed Tim Krul’s contract earlier this month, keeping the Dutchman around until 2022, while Aston Villa’s reasoning seems a bit murkier, with Lovre Kalinic, Orjan Nyland and Jed Steer all already at the club.
Both the Croatian and the Norwegian arrived over the course of the 2018-19 season, while Steer was brought back from his loan at Charlton to help Dean Smith’s side towards the end of the season, playing and shining all throughout the playoffs to help win promotion.
The arrival of Mendy would surely lead to one departure, and everything points towards that being Kalinic, who struggled to adapt following his move from Genk.