According to L'Equipe in France, Bjorn Engels will become an Aston Villa player 'in the coming hours'.
BBC Sport reported earlier this week that the Belgium Under-21 international was a target for Aston Villa boss Dean Smith.
But developments have been moving swiftly and it looks like the 24-year-old defender could become the Villans' eighth summer signing.
L'Equipe claim that the 6'4 centre-back has already travelled to Birmingham for his medical and that he could officially become part of Smith's squad imminently.
BBC Sport added the newly-promoted side would be spending around £7 million on Engels, who only joined Reims earlier this summer after spending the 2018-19 campaign there on loan from Olympiacos.
If and when it goes through, Engels will be the fourth centre-back that Smith has signed this summer.
He snapped up Ezri Konsa in a permanent move from Brentford earlier this week, having also signed Kortney Hause and Tyrone Mings on a long-term basis this summer too after the duo impressed on loan last term.
In addition to Engels, Aston Villa have reportedly agreed a £15 million deal for Douglas Luiz of Manchester City, who will be Smith's ninth signing if he comes after the big defender.
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