New Aston Villa manager Paul Lambert is optimistic of a "positive conclusion" to his attempt to sign Feyenoord's Karim El Ahmadi.
Lambert has confirmed Villa are negotiating with the midfielder, who is rated at £2.5-£3m. "We're in talks at this moment, those talks are ongoing and we hope to reach a positive conclusion with Feyenoord and the player.
"Karim is a player who I feel could definitely improve our squad. He has experience of big-club football and also at international level. He can pass the ball well and he could be an important player for us in central midfield."
Feyenoord paid FC Twente €5m (£4m) for El Ahmadi in 2008.