Aston Villa have confirmed that Jean Makoun is closing in on a season-long loan deal to Rennes.
Since joining the club in January 2011 for £6 million, the defensive midfielder has made just ten appearances for the Premier League side, and joined Greek giants Olympiacos in a similar move last campaign.
And despite new manager Paul Lambert set to embark on the new season at Villa Park, it appears Makoun is being allowed to move on.
A statement on the club’s official website read: "Talks are at an advanced stage between Villa and Rennes with a view to Jean Makoun returning to France on a season-long loan."
The expected temporary switch to the Ligue 1 side is thought to instigated by the expected departure of Rennes midfielder Yann M'Vila.
North London rivals Arsenal and Tottenham have been linked with the 22-year-old, with the latter reportedly upping their interest after being priced out of a move for Porto midfielder Joao Moutinho.
And Rennes chairman, Frederic de Saint-Serni confirmed on Sunday that a bid had been lodged by an unnamed Premier League club for M’Vila.
He told Canal+: "He has a concrete offer from England."