According to a report from Italian media outlet Area Napoli, Aston Villa have already made an £8.8 million bid for Marseille midfielder Maxime Lopez, but West Ham are prepared to pay up to £13 million for the French ace.
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The problem is that the Ligue 1 giants allegedly want £18 million for the 22-year-old (Area Napoli).
Both West Ham and Aston Villa will be keen to bolster the central midfield ranks when the transfer window re-opens.
And Area Napoli claims that the Hammers and the Villans are both keen on signing Lopez. They could face competition from Sevilla for the £18 million-rated ace, however.
And the French ace would be a fantastic addition for either side.
The 22-year-old has racked up three assists in 23 league outings for Marseille so far this season (Transfermarkt).
In those 23 appearances, he has averaged 37.7 passes per game, with an incredibly impressive completion rate of 89.5% (Who Scored).
Lopez has also averaged 0.8 key passes and 0.7 dribbles per game during that period (Who Scored).
It seems almost certain that Lopez will leave Marseille in the summer.
And it could be argued that he is easily worth £18 million.
Whether West Ham or Aston Villa see it that way, however, remains to be seen.