Brentford defender Ezri Konsa completed a medical at Aston Villa yesterday ahead of a £12 million switch to the Villans, according to the Sun.
They report that Villa have wasted no time in getting the deal in place, as they want the England Under-21 international involved in their pre-season training plans.
Konsa is well known by Villa boss Dean Smith, who was the one who brought him to Brentford in the first place and the pair are set for a swift reunion at Villa Park.
With swoops for Axel Tuanzebe and Adam Webster hitting the skids, Smith has decided not to play the waiting game and has gone out to get the promising Englishman.
The deal for Konsa makes absolutely perfect sense for Villa – Smith knows the player well, he’s only going to improve in the future and the £12 million asking price is fairly reasonable in the current market.
Fulham spent big last summer but went down because there was no familiarity within the squad or any real desire to perform.
But Villa are trying to make themselves different to that by signing players who know the club or the manager and are hungry to prove themselves in the top flight.
Konsa could be a genuinely exciting option and there aren’t too many young, English centre-halves playing their football in the Premier League, so perhaps even Gareth Southgate will be watching this one with interest.