Club have already made contact with Aston Villa's hero from West Ham draw over summer transfer

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Lazio have already made contact with Aston Villa loan man Nicolo Zaniolo over a potential move at the end of this season, according to a report by TV Play.

The Serie A side are keen to lure the attacker back to Italy this summer to bolster their attacking options.

Zaniolo, 24, is on loan at Aston Villa from Galatasaray and is due to return to his parent club later this year. However, his future in Turkey is up in the air at the moment.

He was given the green light to link up with Unai Emery's side last summer and he has since made 31 appearances for the Midlands outfit in all competitions, chipping in with four goals.

Scored against West Ham

The Italy international, who has 17 caps under his belt for his country so far, scored his latest goal in his side's 1-1 draw away at West Ham over the weekend at the London Stadium.

Speaking after the game, Emery said, as per the official club website: "I’m happy.

“In the first half they deserved more – they didn’t control the game but they scored one goal and we didn’t create chances.

“The second half was completely different. We dominated better, got our players behind their midfielders better than the first half and were getting into the box. We were winning corners and creating chances.

“We didn’t score from a lot of the chances we created, but once we scored we were continuing and trying to win the match. This draw we have to accept.”

Zaniolo is unlikely to join Aston Villa permanently amid interest from Lazio. He has played for Inter Milan and Roma in the past.