By Harry Sykes

Jordan Amavi is almost certain to join Marseille on a permanent transfer from Aston Villa next summer, according to a report.

The Telegraph claim the the left-back, 23, is “expected” to convert his initial loan with the French giants into a long-term agreement.

Amavi headed to Marseille last month after being deemed surplus to requirements by manager Steve Bruce.

The defender joined Villa from Nice for £9million two years ago but saw his first season at Villa Park cut short when he sustained a serious knee injury while on international duty with France.

He made 36 appearances last season in all competitions but the arrival of Neil Taylor from Swansea at the start of this year effectively ended Amavi’s career at the Midlands giants.

The Frenchman had looked set to join Sevilla on a permanent deal in July, only for the proposed £8m transfer to collapse when the Spanish club claimed he failed a medical.

Villa offloaded nine senior players in the transfer window, either permanently or on loan, in a bid to fall in line with Financial Fair Play regulations.

The club did sign seven players but, crucially, only spent an initial £2million on Glenn Whelan and Ahmed Elmohamady.

In other Aston Villa transfer news, the club have ambushed Leeds’ attempt to sign a £59,000-a-week ace.

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