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Report: Aston Villa are now getting close to signing 'absolutely phenomenal' 22-year-old

Aston Villa are getting close to signing Calvin Bassey from Glasgow Rangers, the former club of their manager Steven Gerrard.

Gerrard is looking for a new central defender to bolster his backline and could be set for a raid on Giovanni van Bronckhorst’s Scottish Cup winners at Ibrox.

22-year-old Bassey has had an impressive season at Rangers, and is also capable of playing at left-back if required.

Gerrard will know him well from his time in Scotland and according to the Times, he is closing in on a deal to sign him.

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Villa close to signing Bassey

The report says: “Aston Villa closing in on deal for Rangers defender Calvin Bassey.

Aston Villa are ready to step up their pursuit of the Rangers defender Calvin Bassey after his standout season in which he starred in both the Europa League and Scottish Cup finals.

Steven Gerrard is set to raid his former club as Villa look to strengthen in defence ahead of the new season. The Midlands side announced on Monday that the highly-rated midfielder Boubacar Kamara had signed a five-year deal and that came only a week after Philippe Coutinho put pen to paper on a permanent deal.

Now they are looking to do more business, Gerrard having been given financial backing by the club’s owners, Nassef Sawiris and Wes Edens, and the 22-year-old Bassey fits the bill. Villa scouts were impressed by Bassey’s performance at Hampden and Gerrard is keen to reunite with the player after bringing him to Glasgow two years ago.

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Gerrard raiding his old club would perhaps not go down well but Bassey may be tempted to reunite with his former manager south of the border.

That said, Rangers’ run to the final of the Europa League has offered a reminder of the nights which are on offer at Ibrox which are not yet back at Villa Park.

Bassey was hailed as ‘absolutely phenomenal’ by Ally McCoist for his performance in Seville and he looks to have a huge future in the game.

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