Aston Villa will have to battle it out with Roma to land Gabon hotshot Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang.
Striker Aubameyang came through the ranks at Serie A giants AC Milan, but managed just two league outings in three years at the San Siro.
He spent a year on loan at Saint-Etienne before signing permanently in December 2011.
The 23-year-old, who netted 10 league goals last term, has started this season in scintillating form, scoring seven in 11 including the decisive strike in his side's impressive 2-1 win at league leaders Paris St-Germain last weekend.
Roma have been monitoring the Gabon international for the best part of the last year, but Aston Villa are believed to have stepped up their interest in recent weeks and could make a move if the unsettled Darren Bent leaves Villa Park in January.