Wolverhampton Wanderers defender Kortney Hause is poised to complete a permanent transfer to Aston Villa at the end of the season, according to Birmingham Live.
The centre-half has been in fine form for the Villans since arriving on loan in January. He has helped Dean Smith’s side reach the Championship play-offs where they will face West Brom.
The 23-year-old has played 11 games for Villa, scoring one goal. His partnership with Tyrone Mings has provided a stern rearguard that has allowed Villa to secure a top-six finish.
Wolves have secured a seventh-place finish in the Premier League with a game to spare. Nuno Espirito Santo’s men now have the challenge of avoiding second-season syndrome and progressing again next season.
For Villa, they will hope to be in the Premier League alongside Wolves. Three play-off games stand in their way, but the latest news indicates a desire to still add Hause permanently.
Hause has proved himself during his short loan spell at Villa Park. Prior to his switch, some might have doubted whether or not he could cut it as a regular Championship central defender.
The partnership struck up with Mings has been incredible and the duo could be the future for Villa.
It is perhaps fair to suggest that Smith will need a more experienced central defender to go alongside Mings or Hause should they win promotion. Both have done well this season but neither possess a great deal of top-flight expertise.
Given his age, however, Hause still represents a decent permanent acquisition for Villa. His versatility is also a useful asset for Smith’s squad.