Aston Villa are keen on signing Marseille’s Morgan Sanson in the winter market.

Two days ago, we covered claims made by RMC Sport that Dean Smith wants the midfielder at Villa Park and his side’s offer is ‘nearing €18m’.

On January 20th, La Provence explained the talks between the two sides are ongoing.

The local newspaper even looked at the figure of €18m doing rounds in the media, but as per their sources, the proposal received from the Premier League side ‘doesn’t correspond to that amount’.

The 26-year-old made his 12th league appearance in his side’s 1-0 defeat to RC Lens on Wednesday.

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After the tie, Marseille manager André Villas-Boas spoke to Téléfoot and revealed the French club turned down a proposal tabled by Villa for Sanson. He has also detailed the reason for the same.

“Morgan, he had a very, very weak offer from Aston Villa. It was immediately turned down. So, he’s with us and focused, I hope,” Villas-Boas said, as quoted by RMC Sport.

The former Tottenham Hotspur manager didn’t reveal the details of the bid made by the English club.

It now remains to be seen whether Villa will return with an improved offer to sign Sanson in January.