Villa edge closer to Nakamba deal

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Aston Villa are set to step up their interest in signing Club Brugge midfielder Marvelous Nakamba.

Aston Villa are set to step up their interest in signing Club Brugge midfielder Marvelous Nakamba.

Villa have been linked with making a move for the Zimbabwe international for a number of weeks, but reports in Belgium now claim the two clubs are close to agreeing on a £10.

8million fee.

Boss Dean Smith has already been busy in the transfer market this summer, bringing in eight new recruits including Nakamba’s former Club Brugge team-mate Wesley, but he is now prioritising signing a new central midfielder after allowing Mile Jedinak and Glenn Whelan to leave at the end of last season.

Nakamba appears to be the man at the top of Smith’s wish-list, with the 25-year-old having impressed during his two seasons in Brugge, featuring 67 times across all competitions.

The former Vitesse star was part of the Brugge side that beat Monaco 4-0 during last season’s Champions League and he may prove a risk worth taking given the relatively small nature of his transfer fee.

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