Aston Villa are moving for Celtic midfielder Ki Sung-Yueng.

The Daily Record says Villa boss Alex McLeish is a massive admirer of the 22-year-old and has penned Ki's name on to a list of his top targets for the current transfer window.

McLeish has also been highly impressed by another of Neil Lennon's midfield lynchpins, Beram Kayal, but believes he has a better chance of luring Ki south this month and has opened talks at Villa Park about piecing together a big-money bid.

A source close to the Midlands club said: "Ki and Kayal are the two players in the SPL Alex has been most impressed by.

"He believes Ki might be available in January and is considering a bid but he will not match the money offered by the Russians."