Aston Villa are keeping tabs on Derby County midfielder Jeff Hendrick, a club insider from Derby County has informed Football League World.
Villa boss Tim Sherwood is understood to be a fan of the midfielder and has been tracking the Irishman since becoming manager of the Premier League side earlier this year.
Hendrick, who scored nine goals in 47 appearances last season, has also been a target for Scottish champions Celtic, but with three years left on his current deal at the iPro Stadium, it would take a sizeable fee for even Derby to consider selling one of their best players.
Sherwood is undergoing an overhaul of his squad this summer and has money to spend due to the sales of Christian Benteke and Fabian Delph.
With Delph leaving for Manchester City, Villa have a gap in their midfield and Hendrick could be an ideal replacement.
Rams boss Paul Clement is looking to keep his star players at the club as he looks to mount a promotion push this coming season and they have spent big this summer with the signings of Tom Ince and Andreas Weimann amongst others.
Hendrick, a Republic of Ireland international, has made 162 appearances for Derby, scoring 20 goals.
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