By Amir Mir
Aston Villa’s £5million bid for midfielder Aaron Tshibola has been accepted by Reading, according to a report.
Berkshire publication GetReading claim that Roberto Di Matteo is hoping to capture the 21-year-old before Villa fly out to their pre-season tour of Austria later this week.
It is said Tshibola informed Reading he wanted to leave for Villa Park which reluctantly forced the club to accept Villa’s offer.
The youngster has been given permission to head up to to the Midlands to discuss personal terms.
Villa have won the race for prospect, who was the subject of a £2million bid from Championship rivals Norwich, and there has also been reported interest from Premier League duo West Brom and Crystal Palace.
A former England under-18 international, Tshibola came through the ranks at Reading before making his debut in 2014 as a teenager by now Villa first-team coach Steve Clarke.
The versatile midfielder has played on 13 occasions for the Royals and had three years remaining on his contract, which enabled the club to hold out for a major fee.
Di Matteo insists he wants to sign the right personnel for the club and has a fairly good idea of which players he wants to bring to Villa Park.
“I am looking for personnel that have the edge and have the knowledge of the Championship,” said Di Matteo to the Telegraph.
“I have a good idea of what I want. Right now I am going to make the decisions of the players coming in and out but one of the jobs is to put a structure in, to have a process where we go through to acquire players.”
The Midlands outfit, who were relegated from the Premier League in the recently concluded season, could lose French midfielder Idrissa Ghana, who is looking for a move away from the club.
The Championship side have already signed Bournemouth captain Tommy Elphick for a fee of £3million as they look for instant promotion back to the top flight of English football.
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