By Graham Hill
VILLA’S move to sign Egypt winger Trezeguet could soon be a done deal – finally.
Various reports on Friday morning suggested that the player is on his way to the Midlands from Turkish side Kasimpasa.
Villa had offered around £10million for the player – but there was talk of Serie A side Sampdoria coming in with a rival bid.
The Italian side’s interests has apparently cooled now and the way seems clear for Villa who have been trying to agree a deal for some weeks.
One report even suggests that Villa have met Kasimpasa’s original asking price of £13.5million but a figure of around £3million less appears more realistic for a player who still has two more years left on his contract.
Both Dean Smith and chief executive Christian Purslow said this week that there could be ‘two or three’ more signings to be made before the transfer window shuts next month.
It has been a summer of unheard of spending by the club with owners Wes Edens and Nassef Sawiris funding Villa’s Premier League return to the tune of more than £100million in new arrivals.
Now Trezeguet – real name Mahmoud Hassan – could be the next arrival at Villa Park, with a keeper and striker also on Smith’s wanted list.
Stoke City’s Jack Butland and Burnley keeper Tom Heaton are in Villa’s sights while Brentford’s Neal Maupay could yet sign amid conception from Sheffield United. West Ham and Brighton.