download All Football App

Villa close to agreeing a deal for Digne and El Ghazi could go the other way

  /  autty

Aston Villa are closing in on a deal for Everton defender Lucas Digne to give Steven Gerrard his second signing of the transfer window.

Gerrard has already sealed a loan move for Philippe Coutinho, his former Liverpool team-mate, from Barcelona for the rest of the season and is confident of adding Digne for about £25million.

As part of a separate deal, Villa winger Anwar El Ghazi could move to Everton as Gerrard looks to reshape his squad for an assault on the European places in the second half of the campaign.

Along with El Ghazi, winger Trezeguet – who is currently competing for Egypt in the Africa Cup of Nations – is thought to be available for transfer this month.

Digne would end Villa’s hunt for a left-back but they remain in the market for a defensive midfielder, a centre-back and possibly a goalkeeper before the window closes.

Coutinho is due to train with his new team-mates for the first time on Wednesday after arriving in Birmingham on Tuesday.

‘I’ve known Stevie for a long time,’ said the Brazilian. ‘I played with him and I learned a lot from him.

‘He’s someone who I have big admiration for. I hope to do my best here. I will work hard and I hope we can do good work together.

‘I’ve known Stevie for a long time. I played with him and I learned a lot from him. I hope it will be a great rest of the season here.’