Premier League transfer round-up: Aston Villa agree loan move for Philippe Coutinho
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Aston Villa are apparently in advanced talks to sign Everton left-back Lucas Digne. The France international had a public falling out with Toffees boss Rafa Benitez last year and is no longer a first-choice player at Goodison Park.
Digne had been one of Everton’s star players until this season.
But the player clashed with his manager before Christmas after apparently becoming frustrated with the Spaniard’s defensive style of play.
Digne was reported to be against Benitez’s counter-attacking football as it limited his impact on the side.
And he was also chagrined that he had been taken off set-pieces.
In recent days the player has been linked with a move to West Ham and mega-rich Newcastle, as well as last season’s Champions League winners Chelsea.
But, according to Sky Sports, Digne is close to agreeing a deal with the Villans.
There aren’t expected to be any issues with either party agreeing personal terms and Digne is said to be in favour of a move to the west Midlands.
So it could now just be a case of Villa agreeing a fee with Everton for the left-back, with figures of between £20million and £25m being touted.
If Digne does move south, it would be another statement of intent from the former European champions.
Villa appointed legendary Liverpool midfielder Steven Gerrard as their new boss in November.
And Gerrard has already landed his first signing as boss after persuading his former Liverpool team-mate Philippe Coutinho to join the club on loan.
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