Report: Aston Villa defender Ciaran Clark set for Newcastle United medical

Aston Villa's Ciaran Clark

Aston Villa defender Ciaran Clark is on the verge of a move to Newcastle United.

Aston Villa's Ciaran Clark

According to a report in the Chronicle, Aston Villa defender Ciaran Clark is set for a medical at Newcastle United later today.

Newcastle have met Villa’s release clause for Clark, and the Republic of Ireland international looks set to make the move to St. James’ Park.

Villa had wanted to keep Clark, but they were powerless to resist when Newcastle decided to activate the clause in his contract.

Ciaran Clark celebrates scoring the first goal for Aston Villa

The Magpies are now set to make Clark their sixth addition of the summer transfer window.

Clark’s arrival at Newcastle is set to increase Rafael Benitez’s defensive options.

The 26-year-old has reportedly been targeted by Newcastle, as they feel he is a leader.

Clark has experience of captaining Villa, and Newcastle feel that his leadership could be valuable for the upcoming campaign.

Everton's Kevin Mirallas and Aston Villa's Ciaran Clark

Benitez also believes that Clark has the ability cover in defence and midfield, with his versatility making him a vital squad member.

Clark could make his Newcastle debut on the first day of the new season, with the Tynesiders due to face Fulham on Friday evening.

General view outside St James' Park

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