Report: Di Matteo set for first Villa signing; Tommy Elphick to sign for £3m this week

Bournemouth's Tommy Elphick

Bournemouth captain Tommy Elphick is reportedly on the verge of joining Aston Villa.

Bournemouth's Tommy ElphickBournemouth's Tommy Elphick

According to reports from BBC Sport and the Daily Mail, Aston Villa are closing in on a deal to sign Bournemouth defender Tommy Elphick for £3m.

Villa have appointed Roberto Di Matteo as their new manager following Remi Garde's departure in March, and with Tony Xia now confirmed as the club's new owner, a new era is on the horizon at Villa Park.

New manager Roberto Di Matteo during the press conference

Having been relegated to the Championship, Villa need new signings - and with a leaky defence last season, adding some stability in the back line has to be a priority for new boss Di Matteo.

Now, BBC Sport report that Villa have had a £3m bid accepted for Bournemouth centre back Tommy Elphick, with personal terms now being discussed.

Bournemouth's Tommy Elphick celebrates scoring their first goal

The Daily Mail add that Elphick's deal is expected to go through imminently, with the defender likely to be a Villa player the end of the week.

Elphick, 28, is Bournemouth's club captain but struggled with injuries this past season, making just 14 appearances in all competitions for the Cherries.

General view of Paper planes on the pitch thrown by Aston Villa fans in protest - Villa Park

Now, with Bournemouth boss Eddie Howe looking to adjust his squad, he seems ready to part ways with Elphick after almost four years on the South Coast.

With experience of winning promotion from Bournemouth's 2015 Championship-winning campaign, Elphick has the credentials that Villa need at the back, whilst possessing huge Football League experience fro his time with Brighton as well.

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