According to the Birmingham Mail Aston Villa are considering using Matthew Lowton as a makeweight in a deal for Burnley right-back Kieran Trippier.
The 24 year-old defender was one of the brighter stars in Burnley's short-lived stay in the Premier League and Villa are likely to face competition from other clubs, with Liverpool and Tottenham Hotspur both rumoured to be interested. Tim Sherwood may be taking the personal approach to convince him his future is still in Claret and Blue, but at Villa Park.
He is believed to have a £3.5 million release clause in his contract but Burnley may be keen on getting a quality replacement in as soon as possible and Lowton's performances this season suggest he's certainly up to Championship level.
Considering the number and quality of the names that have been bandied around Trippier already - Tottenham, Liverpool and Southampton - this could end up being nothing but the facts pass a basic common-sense check. Lowton seems set to leave Villa and Sherwood wants to strengthen the defence.
With Micah Richards having already arrived, this seems ominous for Alan Hutton and Leandro Bacuna though we might finally see the Dutchman in the midfield.
Fingers crossed then that Sherwood can persuade Trippier to come to Villa, but it´ll be a heck of a speech if any of the other rumoured clubs are serious about their interest. Don't get too excited just yet.