Aston Villa close to completing first signing of the summer

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Aston Villa are set to complete the signing of former Arsenal and Everton defender Philippe Senderos.

Swiss international Philippe Senderos is set to make Aston Villa his fourth Premier League club after Paul Lambert's side agreed terms with the club.

BBC Radio West Midlands understands the 29-year-old will undergo a medical on Thursday morning before flying out to Brazil to join up with his international teammates. Senderos spent the second half of last season at La Liga side Valencia following a surprising January transfer deadline day move from Fulham.

Senderos has spent the majority of his career in England without actually managing to establish himself at any of the clubs. He spent six years at Arsenal making 84 top flight appearances in that time whilst also spending time on loan at AC Milan and Everton.

He then spent four years at Fulham before playing with Valencia, but has always featured prominently for Switzerland in that time. He has 52 caps for his country and is set to play a big part in Omar Hitzfield's plans this month.

Philippe will now compete with Ron Vlaar, Ciaran Clark, Nathan Baker, and Jores Okore for a starting berth in the side.

The main speculation regarding Aston Villa of late has been with regards to Roy Keane joining as Lambert's assistant manager and talks are expected to continue once Keane returns from Republic of Ireland's spell in USA. If he does become his number two, then it could in fact add more pressure to Lambert. He has struggled to excite Villa fans in his spell and if things don't go to plan next season then Keane could easily usurp Lambert as the manager. 

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