Report: Aston Villa midfielder Jordan Veretout set for medical with Ligue 1 side Saint-Etienne

Aston Villa's Jordan Veretout applauds the fans after the match

The 23-year-old Frenchman is widely expected to leave Villa Park this summer after not seeing any action in the club's first five games of the season.

Aston Villa's Jordan Veretout applauds the fans after the match

Aston Villa midfielder Jordan Veretout is set to undergo a medical at Saint-Etienne at the start of next week ahead of securing a return to France with the Ligue 1 club, according to Le Progres.

A £7 million signing from Nantes last summer, Veretout arrived at Villa to high expectations after establishing himself as one of French football’s top prospects but proceeded to endure a disappointing debut season in England.

The 23-year-old playmaker, who turned down Leicester City to join the West Midlands side, noticeably struggled to adjust to the pace of Premier League football over the first few months of the campaign and failed to hold down a regular place in the side until fellow Frenchman Remi Garde replaced Tim Sherwood as manager in November.

Tottenham's Kevin Wimmer in action with Aston Villa's Jordan Veretout

He subsequently went on to start 20 consecutive Premier League games but did not play any part in the final seven matches of the season after Eric Black took caretaker charge of the club following his compatriot’s departure, ending the campaign with no goals in 25 top-flight appearances.

The former Under-21 international did show some signs of promise at times, recording a team-high five assists, but his performances were not enough to prevent Villa from finishing bottom of the table with just 17 points.

Aston Villa's Jordan Veretout in action

Since then, reports have regularly claimed that the creative middle man has no desire to play in the Championship this term and is intent on leaving B6 before the summer transfer window closes [h/t L'Equipe].

The likes of Marseille and Real Betis were named as potential destinations last month [h/t Estadio Deportivo], but the latest developments suggest that Saint-Etienne have emerged as the clear favourites to land his signature.

Les Verts manager Christopher Galtier revealed last week that the club had met with Veretout and his representatives to discuss a potential return to Ligue 1 after rumours of a possible deal emerged, while Le Progres now claim that an agreement has been reached between the two sides.

The terms of the transfer are still to be revealed at this stage, but previous reports linking the midfielder with Marseille suggested that Villa would be prepared to let him leave on a season-long loan with a view to a permanent move [h/t L'Equipe].

His current contract is not set to expire until 2020, but having so far failed to feature for Roberto Di Matteo’s side this term, all the signs seem to point towards an imminent departure.

Liverpool's James Milner in action with Aston Villa's Jordan Veretout

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