Nice confirm sale of defender Jordan Amavi to Aston Villa

The French left-back is believed to be heading to the Midlands for around £10 million.

French club Nice have confirmed that a deal has been agreed with Aston Villa over the sale of left-back Jordan Amavi.

A statement on the team’s official website read: An agreement was reached Saturday for the transfer of Jordan Amavi to Aston Villa [Premier League].

Jordan Amavi has not taken part in the trip to Belgium Friday to compete in Les Aiglons’ second friendly match. While his teammates were on their way from Waregem, the young left-back [21] headed to England.

And an agreement was found on Saturday afternoon with Aston Villa for the transfer.

Amavi, 21, emerged as one of Ligue 1’s most exciting prospects last season, making 36 appearances and scoring four goals as Nice secured an 11th-place finish.

The France Under-21 international’s performances did not go unnoticed across Europe either and a host of top clubs had been linked with his signature of late, including Arsenal and Atletico Madrid [h/t Daily Mail].

A switch to Villa had been mooted for some time, though, before the likes of the Birmingham Mail reported this week that an agreement had been reached over a £10 million transfer.

As manager Tim Sherwood continues to revamp his squad in his first transfer window in charge, a move for Amavi also makes clear sense given both his fondness for emerging talent and the club’s clear need for left-back help.

Both Aly Cissokho and make-shift option Kieran Richardson largely flattered to deceive last season, while injuries also forced Alan Hutton, the since-departed Matthew Lowton and Charles N’Zogbia to deputise at the position at various points over the final months of the campaign.

With Manchester City luring away club captain Fabian Delph on Friday evening, the highly-rated defender’s arrival will certainly come as welcome news to the claret and blue faithful.

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