Lucas Digne ‘agrees Aston Villa personal terms’ ahead of Everton exit

Lucas Digne is closing in on a move to Aston Villa (Picture: Tony McArdle/Everton FC via Getty Images)

Lucas Digne has reportedly agreed personal terms with Aston Villa with his Everton exit looming closer.

The talented left-back has been strongly linked with an exit from Goodison Park having fallen out of favour under Rafa Benitez.

Chelsea and Newcastle have shown interest in the defender but it looks like Villa have won the race for his signature.

According to talkSPORT, Digne has already accepted terms with the Midlands outfit and Villa are confident they’ll finalise a £25m deal this week.

The 28-year-old only signed a new contract earlier this year which runs until 2025 but he has been dropped by Benitez after a reported falling out and now wants a fresh challenge.

‘I think it was very clear,’ said Benitez. ‘I want to ask the question to every fan and former players – what Peter Reid will do and say when a players says he does not want to be there. It’s there, simple.

‘A couple of conversations with (Digne), he told me what he thought. What do you expect the manager to do when the player is thinking about to leave?

Lucas Digne has also been linked with a move to Chelsea and Newcastle (Picture: Tony McArdle/Everton FC via Getty Images)

‘I will say again: the fans, former players. What will Peter Reid say if a player goes to the manager and says he does not want to be here?’

Digne now looks set to be the second statement signing in a few days following the announcement the club had struck a loan deal with Barcelona for Philippe Coutinho to join for the rest of the season.

Coutinho is unavailable to play in tonight’s FA Cup third round clash against Manchester United as he is still working on obtaining a work permit but Gerrard is looking forward to his arrival.

‘Philippe is currently in the process of finalising his immigration papers and we are looking forward to getting him on the training pitch with the group on Wednesday at Bodymoor,’ said Gerrard.

‘He is an outstanding footballer who boasts a highly impressive CV laced with plenty of elite honours.

‘I am really pleased that we have been able to bring him on board and I am looking forward to working with him.

‘He is a player I enjoyed playing with previously and I know the rest of the squad here at Aston Villa will benefit from his quality and experience.

‘His presence will be invaluable given injuries and the AFCON tournament have reduced our attacking options.’

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