By Pranav Shahaney

23rd Apr, 2022 | 5:30pm

Aston Villa boss Steve Gerrard scouts Marseille midfielder Boubacar Kamara

Aston Villa manager Steven Gerrard was scouting Marseille midfielder Boubacar Kamara, according to Express and Star.

Chief executive Christian Purslow and technical director Johan Lange also accompanied the former Liverpool captain in France on Wednesday night to watch the 22-year-old in action against Nantes.

Gerrard is believed to be keen on signing a defensive midfielder this summer with Kalvin Phillips and Yves Bissouma believed to be on the club’s transfer wishlist.

Kamara’s contract at the Ligue 1 club expires in the summer and he has decided not to sign an extension.

This means that the 22-year-old will be available for Villa and any other foreign club to open talks with as soon as possible.

They could get him to sign a pre-contract agreement before the season ends and register him as a free signing after the window opens.

Villa have loosened the purse strings since Gerrard’s arrival and could get a cost-effective signing in Kamara.

Not only will he improve the first team, but he could be at Villa Park for the better part of the next decade.

Should he even decide to move to an established Champions League club in the future, the Birmingham club will be well protected in the transfer market.

His value will only skyrocket and the fact that he’ll join on a free would mean that they would only profit from any future sale unless he leaves once his contract expires.

In other Aston Villa news, Gerrard could fix line-up problem by fast-tracking Tim Iroegbunam into the first team.