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Villa are reportedly looking to France for a third time this summer, having already sealed deals for a Ligue 1 midfielder, and reportedly on the verge of finishing a deal for a Ligue 1 defender, but now Tim Sherwood has his sights set on a new striker.

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It appears that for the third time this transfer window, Villa have sets their eyes on a Ligue 1 star. Idrissa Gueye, a Senegalese midfielder from French side Lille joined Villa for £9 million, and French left back Jordan Amavi is also reportedly set to join Villa for a similar fee. France's top division is loaded with talent, and Tim Sherwood just can't get enough, with reports surfacing Villa are now interested in Lorient striker Jordan Ayew.

Ayew recently exited Marseille in search of more first team action, and his move to Lorient worked out as he would have hoped, yielding him much more vital experience. Ayew is already a quite prolific scorer in France, having scored over 30 times and assisted almost 20. He is a much more agile striker, different from the target-man style of Christian Benteke or Libor Kozak.

One can fantasize about two strikers of Benteke and Ayew's quality and contrasting skill sets complementing each other to perfection and becoming a formidable duo, but it remains to be seen just how likely that situation is, following the big money move of Raheem Sterling to Manchester City. Sterling's move theoretically paves the way for Benteke to move to Liverpool, and may set off a domino effect throughout the entire transfer market.

Ayew is a Ghanian international, and the younger brother of Andre Ayew, who netted against the United States in last summer's World Cup, and who also recently moved to England to join Swansea. Lorient are reportedly seeking a fee similar to that commanded by Amavi and Gueye, and it remains to be seen whether or not Tim Sherwood will be satisfied meeting their evaluation.

Ayew still has plenty of time to develop, and at 23, he is just coming into the most important years of his career, and would certainly be an interesting player to see in the claret in blue next year, should a deal go through.

Do you think Ayew is the best striker option Sherwood will be able to find, or do you think there is a different striker who should be brought in? Let us know!