Liverpool are set to battle with Ligue 1 outfit Marseille in their pursuit of Aston Villa left-back Jordan Amavi.

The 22-year-old moved to England from Nice in 2015 and was one of the very notable performers from the very first day for the relegated team but his season came to a halt after he suffered a long-term knee injury.

Amavi spent the most of the last year on the sidelines after breaking his leg, however, he has recovered from the injury this season fully and has been a general starter for the Championship club since Steve Bruce assumed control in October.

The 22-year-old Frenchman is a man popular with a few prominent admirers with both the Merseyside clubs Everton and Liverpool linked with the full-back, while French side Marseille are likewise thought to be quick to lure him back to his country in the next transfer window. Marseille Sporting director Andoni Zubizarreta has made Amavi a priority target in January and the club is reportedly in regular contact with the player’s representatives. But according to Foot Mercato, the French international full-back is only ready to move in January if a Premier League club makes him an offer.

The 22-year-old told SoFoot in an interview last month that he currently does not want to move to Marseille and he feels good at Villa park.

“For now, I’m at Aston Villa, they rely on me,” he said.

“I will do my best to make up. Later, we will see later. I do not think I’ll go to Marseille, I’m at Aston Villa and I do not think about leaving.

“Personally, I feel well at Aston Villa, the atmosphere in the group is good, the facilities are beautiful, the city is beautiful too. Despite the fact that we’re in D2 (Championship), I am at Aston Villa.

Liverpool have become increasingly frustrated with their left back options as left winger James Milner has taken place as a temporary left-back as of now in 15 of Liverpool’s 17 Premier League matches whereas main first team left-back option Alberto Moreno apparently yet to acquire back the trust of manager Jurgen Klopp. Despite Milner doing well, the Liverpool manager is still keen a proper player to the position with the signing of Amavi.

However, with Promotional chances coming back to Bruce’s side it is unlikely that the club will let the player go easily whose contract runs till 2020.

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