Aston Villa have reportedly agreed an eight-figure fee for Southampton defender Matt Targett.
According to Sky Sports, the Midlands giants have agreed a £14million deal with their Premier League rivals for the left-back.
Dean Smith’s summer spending looks set to continue with the 23-year-old and he will help provide competition for Neil Taylor in the full-back area.
Villa have already signed Club Brugge attacker Wesley and Birmingham winger Jota, while Anwar El Ghazi and Kortney Hause have also rejoined on a permanent basis following their loans.
Targett has been heavily linked with a move to Villa this summer and a fee has now finally been agreed.
The club are building their squad following their promotion from the Championship last season via the play-offs and the Southampton ace does have experience in the top flight.
He is a left-sided flyer that loves to bomb forward into attack and has decent pace, but needs to tighten up defensively.
Villa are getting their business done early this summer and that should help them when the season comes around, with new players having plenty of time to integrate.
Targett’s arrival looks inevitable now at the club, but there is going to be pressure on him to perform.
His £14million price tag is quite sizeable considering his career so far and he’s played the role of Ryan Bertrand’s understudy during his time at St Mary’s.
He showed out on loan before at Fulham that he can make the left-back position his own and he needs to start quickly at Villa.