Report: Aston Villa have £5 million bid accepted for Aaron Tshibola, player travelling to Birmingham

Everton's Leon Osman and Reading's Aaron Tshibola jump for a header

Villa were known to be one of several clubs chasing the 21-year-old, and they are now in pole position.

Reading's Aaron Tshibola

Aston Villa's transfer plans under Roberto Di Matteo are already well underway, and it appears that they are closing in on their second signing of the summer as Get Reading reports that the club have had a £5 million bid accepted for targeted Reading midfielder Aaron Tshibola.

Tshibola enjoyed an impressive breakthrough season for the Royals last term and made 16 appearances in all competitions, mainly during the first half of the campaign.

Though the nascent star's career is still just gathering pace, the form he showed throughout that run in the side was enough to spark the interest of several clubs, with Villa chief amongst them.

New manager Roberto Di Matteo poses after the press conference

Norwich City were thought to be a main competitor for his signature and reportedly submitted an opening offer of £2 million last month.

However, according to Get Reading, Villa have upped the ante by more than doubling that offer, and that amount appears to have been too good to turn down for the Royals.

Villa have already added Bournemouth defender Tommy Elphick to their ranks as they begin to prepare for life in the Championship, but they are thought to be looking for additions in most areas of the pitch.

Bournemouth's Tommy Elphick

Tshibola is an attractive proposition; the 21-year-old would bring an energy and steel to the club's midfield and already looks comfortably good enough to succeed in the second tier.

Reading appeared determined to fight desperately to keep hold of their emerging talent, with newly-appointed Royals boss Jaap Stam stating last week that as far as he is concerned, Tshibola is "going nowhere" this summer.

However, the report claims that Tshibola told the Reading hierarchy that he wanted to move to Villa Park, and the Madejski Stadium side seem to have conceded to his request.

Tshibola will now travel to Birmingham to discuss personal terms and have a medical ahead of a move which is expected to be completed this week.

Everton's Leon Osman and Reading's Aaron Tshibola jump for a header

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