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Aston Villa transfer round-up: Veretout will complete move today, says agent; Gestede due for medical

A selection of stories in the media involving Aston Villa over the past 24 hours…

Aston Villa are due to announce the signing of French midfielder Jordan Veretout today, according to the player’s agent.

Formalities appear to be all that remain before a deal is announced and speaking to Get French Football late last night, Fabrice Picot said: “If all goes well, we should sign with Villa tomorrow (Friday).”

Another arrival at Villa Park looks imminent with Rudy Gestede due for a medical, according to Sky Sports.

The Blackburn hitman is rumoured to cost around £7 million and looks set to be Villa’s eighth summer signing.

Villa may now face competition - if rumours linking them with a move for out-of-contract striker Dimitar Berbatov are true - with Bild reporting that Werder Bremen are keen to bring the former Monaco striker to the Bundesliga.

The Bulgarian is viewed as the ideal replacement for the recently departed Franco Di Santo, and Villa will need to act quickly if a deal is to be done.

Meanwhile, Aly Cissokho is the subject of interest from Porto, Lille and Fiorentina, according to talkSPORT.

The 27-year old has become surplus to requirements following the arrival of Jordan Amavi, and Tim Sherwood is willing to sanction his sale this summer.

Finally, Aston Villa have failed in a bid to lure Monaco sporting director Luis Campos to Villa Park, according to France Football, as reported by Get France Football.

Campos is now in advanced talks for a role at Paris Saint Germain and this latest development would suggest Villa’s recent appointment of Hendrik Almstadt as sporting director may have been the club's secondary option.

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