Aston Villa are close to clinching the signing of Jose Angel Crespo, his club Cordoba announced earlier today.
El Córdoba CF y el Aston Villa FC han llegado a un acuerdo para traspasar a José Ángel Crespo al equipo inglés.— Córdoba CF (@cordobacfsad) July 27, 2015
The signing of the Spanish defender came as a surprise to many, as his name had not been circulated in the press as a potential target. Currently at least.
For Villa have had a long standing interest in Crespo, dating back eight years.
SkySports reported in 2007 that Villa were tracking his services, while he was at Sevilla - described as an understudy to Dani Alves, later sold to Barcelona.
Back then Crespo was just 20, and a Spanish under-21 international, and was said to have impressed Aston Villa's scouts.
He was considered then predominantly a right-back, but has since shown over the course of his career he is able to play at left-back or centre-back, featuring in all three positions for Sevilla last season.
SkySports described Crespo as one of Sevilla's brightest prospects, adding it would take a hefty fee to sign him.
He would eventually leave Sevilla three years later for Italian side Padova, having made only 33 appearances for the La Liga side, failing to live up to expectations.
He since moved to Bologna, and later Cordoba, and eight years on it appears Villa have finally got their man.
The club will soon find out if he was worth the wait.