Joe Bryan admits he completed Aston Villa medical, was 15 minutes from deadline day deal

11th August 2018, Craven Cottage, London, England; EPL Premier League football, Fulham versus Crystal Palace; Joe Bryan of Fulham competes for the ball with Andros Townsend of Crystal...

Fulham defender Joe Bryan has spoken about his decision to sub Aston Villa.

Joe Bryan of Fulham is tackled by Andros Townsend of Crystal Palace during the Premier League match between Fulham FC and Crystal Palace at Craven Cottage on August 11, 2018 in London,...

Fulham defender Joe Bryan has told The Mirror that he did complete a medical with Aston Villa, but changed his mind late in the day in order to sign for the Cottagers.

Fulham were hugely busy in the final hours of the summer transfer window, as manager Slavisa Jokanovic brought in a host of new faces on deadline day.

Sergio Rico, Timothy Fosu-Mensah, Andre-Frank Zambo Anguissa and Luciano Vietto all arrived to boost Jokanovic's squad, but their most controversial deal came with the signing of Joe Bryan.

The left back had starred for Bristol City in the Championship, notching five goals and three assists for the Robins as he attracted major interest this summer.

The 24-year-old was wanted by Premier League clubs but looked all set for a move to Aston Villa late in the window, after Villa agreed a deal with their Championship rivals.

However, there was a late twist in the tale as Bryan ended up snubbing Villa and joining Fulham instead, and he has now discussed his decision to pick Craven Cottage over Villa Park.

Bryan has told The Mirror that he did have his medical with Villa but hadn't actually signed a contract, and put a few bizarre social media rumours about Steve Bruce's quite literal pursuit of him to bed.

11th August 2018, Craven Cottage, London, England; EPL Premier League football, Fulham versus Crystal Palace; Joe Bryan of Fulham competes for the ball with Andros Townsend of Crystal...

Bryan – who has started all three Premier League games for Fulham this season – noted that he wanted to play Premier League football and simply couldn't turn the opportunity down, but claims he was just 15 to 20 minutes away from signing on the dotted line for Villa.

“I went to Aston Villa, I did the medical, I’d signed nothing,” said Bryan. “I hadn’t had any photos. I hadn’t had a steak dinner with Steve Bruce and he didn’t chase me down the motorway.“I read a tweet that said I’d left him in the middle of a dinner after playing a round of golf with him. I don’t play golf and I don’t eat steak.”

“I got a call that Fulham had an offer accepted while I was at Villa and I said ‘I want to play in the Premier League, I can’t turn down this opportunity.’ This was after the medical had occurred. I hadn’t signed a contract or anything tying me to Villa. So I said to the manager [Steve Bruce] that I needed a couple of hours to think. Then we got back to the hotel and in my heart I knew I wanted to play in the Premier League. But I was probably 15, 20 minutes away from signing for Villa,” he added.

Joe Bryan of Fulham is challenged by Aaron Lennon of Burnley during the Premier League match between Fulham FC and Burnley FC at Craven Cottage on August 26, 2018 in London, United Kingdom.

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