By Midlands correspondent Harry Sykes
Roberto di Matteo is set to make his first Aston Villa signing this week by signing Bournemouth club captain Tommy Elphick, according to a report.
The BBC Sport website claims the 29-year-old central defender is discussing personal terms with the Midlands club after a fee of £3million was agreed between the two clubs.
Elphick is set to be the first part of Di Matteo’s squad revamp after Villa won just three games and were relegated from the Premier League this season.
The new manager was officially unveiled at Villa Park on Wednesday after new owner Tony Xia’s £75million takeover was rubber-stamped on Tuesday.
Xia has previously said Di Matteo would have between £30million-£40million to spend on new players and Elphick, who helped Bournemouth win the Championship in 2015, is one of a number who have been targeted.
Elphick was an apprentice at Brighton and made his debut for them in 2005 before joining the Cherries in 2012.
He was hampered by an ankle injury in the recently completed domestic season and made only 14 appearances for the Premier League side.
Elphick captained Bournemouth to two promotions – from League One to the Premier League – in the space of three seasons.
In other Aston Villa news, Di Matteo has targeted a key new addition to boost the club’s promotion hopes.