Aston Villa Break Transfer Record With £22 Million Signing

Aston Villa have broken their transfer record after agreeing a £22 million deal for Club Brugge striker Wesley Moraes.

According to HLN, a five-year-deal has been agreed with the Brazilian who has also been on Newcastle United's radar.

The forward was involved in 27 goals in 48 games playing for Brugge last season.

Although Newcastle seemed in pole position out of the English clubs, the ongoing uncertainty over Rafa Benitez's future put transfer talks on hold according to The Chronicle .

It had been suggested that the 22-year-old could be moving to Lazio, with Di Marzio stating an £18 million bid had been made for him from the Italians.

Image: PA
Image: PA

However, Villa have arose as a shock candidate for his signature and have now secured his signature, subject to a work permit and international clearance,

Villa are keen to add to their squad that won the Play-Offs, with loan signings Tyrone Mings, Axel Tuanzebe and Tammy Abraham playing key parts in their promotion under Dean Smith.

Moraes wouldn't be the first Villa striker plucked from the Belgian League, with Christian Benteke signing from Genk in 2012.

The Play-Off winners have already made a move in the transfer market, signing Jota from local rivals Birmingham.

Speaking to the BBC in May, manager Smith explained how his side will stay competitive come the new season.

"We know we have to recruit well to compete next season. That's massively the key.

"But the coaching side is important too. I want to continue to play football in a manner where where we're trying to win every game.

"That's the way you have to be. That's the way we'll approach it."

Villa will open their Premier League season against Tottenham Hotspur.

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Daniel Marland

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