Aston Villa to sign Bjorn Engels in hours - report

Olympiakos Piraeus defender Bjorn Engels from Belgium in action during the UEFA Champions League match between Sporting Clube de Portugal and Olympiakos Piraeus at Estadio Jose Alvalade on...

Bjorn Engels has been linked with a move to Aston Villa.

Bjorn Engels of Reims during the Ligue 1 match between Reims and Nantes at Stade Auguste Delaune on March 17, 2019 in Reims, France.

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.

Olympiakos Piraeus defender Bjorn Engels from Belgium in action during the UEFA Champions League match between Sporting Clube de Portugal and Olympiakos Piraeus at Estadio Jose Alvalade on...

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