Aston Villa to complete £14m signing of Marseille midfielder Morgan Sanson next week

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Morgan Sanson in action for Marseille - AP
Morgan Sanson in action for Marseille - AP

Aston Villa are poised for complete the £14 million signing of Marseille midfielder Morgan Sanson next week.

Villa have agreed a fee with the Ligue 1 club and Sanson is set to become Dean Smith’s first signing of the January transfer window.

A deal is now understood to be very close and Sanson is expected to complete his move before Villa’s Premier League game at Burnley on Wednesday night.

Sanson, 26, has been a target for Villa for 18 months but the club have stepped up their interest after it emerged Marseille were open to offers due to the impact of Covid-19 and the French TV deal on their finances.

Villa’s initial offer was turned down last week but an improved proposal worth around £14m has been accepted.

Smith said last week: "I think I’ve always said that this is going to be a quiet window for us. Our plans are already looking forward to the summer window and what we’re going to do there.

"But we’re never going to turn our noses up at a good value deal to bring a player in. There’s the possibility of some outs as well."

Villa are in league action on Saturday night with a home game against Newcastle.

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