Reading's Aaron Tshibola jumps for a header
According to Get Reading, Aston Villa have had a £5m bid for Reading midfielder Aaron Tshibola accepted - and Royals fans are far from happy.
After Villa snapped up Bournemouth defender Tommy Elphick last month, manager Roberto Di Matteo is looking for more additions to his squad, with a new midfielder seemingly on the way.
Get Reading claim that Reading starlet Aaron Tshibola is on the verge of joining Villa, after Di Matteo's £5m bid was accepted earlier today.
It's stated that Tshibola will travel to the Midlands for talks and a medical, with a deal expected to go through before the end of the week, with the youngster set to reunite with Steve Clarke.
Villa assistant Clarke handed Tshibola his Reading debut during his time as Royals boss, and no doubt gave Di Matteo a glowing recommendation of the player as Villa prepare to splash the cash on the 20-year-old.
It's a particularly huge fee considering that Tshibola started just six Championship games last season, and has only played ten minutes of action since the end of October 2015, having struggled with injuries.
Regardless, Tshibola - who has been on the books at the Madejski Stadium since 2008 - is highly regarded at Reading, and fans took to Twitter to share just how disappointed they are with the deal.
Reading supporters claimed they are 'annoyed' and 'gutted' to see Tshibola leave, with some even claiming that they wouldn't have accepted Villa's £5m bid, as the player is worth even more - though others acknowledged that it's hard to keep a player who wants to leave the club.
Fans mostly want to see the money reinvested, but predicted great success for Tshibola, tipping him for a move to a top Premier League team one day, as he's allegedly the best Reading youth product since Gylfi Sigurdsson, who has enjoyed huge success in the top flight.
Here are some of the reactions from Reading fans as Tshibola closes in on a move to Aston Villa...
Would be a big miss if Tshibola leaves this summer, young and strong player with a lot of passion, would be missed! #readingfc— Joshua Lamb (@JoshuaLamb2) July 4, 2016
Really gutted about Tshibola news. Our best products continue to leave before reaching any potential here #readingfc— David Reeves (@Davidpewsey) July 4, 2016
Losing Tshibola is a huge blow. But if the player wants to leave you have 2 priorities. Get the highest price & quickly. #readingfc— Radio210 (@Royaltypoints) July 4, 2016
Annoyed that Tshibola is leaving but at least we can spend that £5m on a quality striker and you can't help it if he wants to go #readingfc— Harrison Leigh (@HarrisonLeigh10) July 4, 2016
5 million for Tshibola is pretty good, would have liked him to stay but as long as we spend some of it on a striker I'm happy— Tom J Daniel (@tomjd1975) July 4, 2016
Well done #AVFC. You've got yourself a very good player in Tshibola. Would not surprise me if a top 8 PL club come after him in a few years.— Robin Hinton (@theroyalrobin) July 4, 2016
At £5m, Tshibola is an absolute steal. Sad to see him go (if he does) #avfc— Jake Moore (@JakeTalksSport) July 4, 2016
If true it'll be a shame to lose Tshibola but you can't keep a player that wants to go— Mark Robins (@MarkRobins89) July 4, 2016
5m is a far better deal but there's no amount of money that would make me advocate selling Tshibola— chaz (@joshbarrettfc) July 4, 2016
Tshibola is easily the best player to come out of our academy since Gylfi. A real loss.— Alex Emery (@AlexJamesEmery) July 4, 2016
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