8:50AM BST 15 Jul 2011
New Aston Villa manager Alex McLeish considers France international N'Zogbia his number one target to replace Liverpool-bound Stewart Downing.
The midlands club have ample funds available with the sale of Ashley Young to Manchester United and Downing - if his move to Anfield goes through - raising £36 million this summer.
But he will take nothing for granted after the events of last year. McLeish came close to signing the former Newcastle United man at Birmingham City 12 months ago only for the move to break down over personal terms at the 11th hour.
Manchester City's Shaun Wright-Phillips and Spartak Moscow's Aiden McGeady are also on McLeish's radar should he fail to land N'Zogbia.
McLeish is keen to start rebuilding his squad for the new Premier League campaign.