Villa's £16.9m deal nearing completion with medical scheduled

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Aston Villa are trying to strengthen their squad.

Dean Smith’s side have been in exceptional form this season and are in with a genuine chance of qualifying for European football.

They are currently 11th in the Premier League table, but they are just eight points off fourth-placed Liverpool with three games in hand.

The form has taken something of a hit recently, though, with the club going three games without a win, though those matches came against Chelsea, Manchester United, and Manchester City.

And they are now closing in on a new signing as the January transfer window nears its end.

Sport Witness carries a report from Telefoot, via journalist Johnny Severin, claiming that Morgan Sanson is closing in on a move to the club from Ligue 1 side Marseille.

Their first bid was rejected by Marseille, but Villa have made an offer that has brought negotiations closer to a conclusion.

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Villa are said to have agreed to pay a €19m (£16.9m) fee for the Frenchman; that’s €16m (£14.2m) plus €3m (£2.6m).

Sanson is set to sign a four-year contract, bringing to an end his three-year spell in France.

He will undergo a medical in the next 48 hours; Sanson has scored 25 goals and laid on 22 assists in 157 appearances for the Ligue 1 club.

GIVEMESPORT’S Harry Sherlock says…

This would be a fine deal for Villa.

Bringing in a midfield player to provide some more silk into the centre of the pitch can only be a good thing.

The likes of Jack Grealish, Ross Barkley, and John McGinn have been shouldering the creativity burden for too long.

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Adding Sanson into the mix would add another way for Villa to get forward and score goals.

That can never be a bad thing.

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