Everton are the latest Premier League club to be linked with Brentford full-back Rico Henry.
Henry, 23, is in demand this summer having impressed in the Championship as Brentford fell short of promotion last season.
Aston Villa are among the sides reportedly interested in the Birmingham-born defender, who joined the Bees from Walsall in 2017.
Villa head coach Dean Smith is known to be a fan, having handed Henry his first-team debut at Walsall before taking him to Griffin Park.
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Reports in the national press this weekend now say Everton have ‘registered serious interest’ in taking Henry to Goodison Park.
Carlo Ancelotti’s side, who have won both of their opening league fixtures, are lacking a back-up for left-back Lucas Digne after Leighton Baines retired at the end of last season.
West Ham United, Leicester City and Brighton and Hove Albion have also been linked with Henry, who made 51 appearances across all competitions last term.
Villa have Matt Targett and Neil Taylor as options on the left side of defence but Wales international Taylor is due to be out of contract next summer.
Smith described Henry as a “joy to work with” in 2015, going on to add: “He’s [Henry] a quick learner. You give him a bit of information and he takes it on board.”
Villa have already raided Smith’s former employers for striker Ollie Watkins during the transfer window. Watkins became the record arrival at B6 when he joined in a deal worth an initial £28million earlier this month.