By Harry Sykes
Aston Villa are poised to sign Tottenham attacking midfielder Josh Onomah on loan, according to a reliable journalist.
Mirror correspondent Darren Lewis claimed on his personal Twitter account late on Thursday night that Villa have agreed the terms of a deal with Spurs for the England Under-20 international.
Hearing Aston Villa have landed the loan signing of Spurs midfielder Josh Onomah. @MirrorFootball
— Darren Lewis (@MirrorDarren) August 3, 2017
Tottenham academy product Onomah, 20, impressed as England won the World Cup this summer with a series of mature displays as a box to box midfielder.
He returned to Spurs and appeared set to be a member of the first-team squad rather than go on out on loan for the upcoming season despite interest from top-flight and Championship clubs.
But White Hart Lane manager Mauricio Pochettino appears to have now given the green light for Onomah to spend 2016-17 learning his trade in England’s second tier.
Onomah previously sparked interest from Manchester United before penning his previous contract at White Hart Lane, which has three years remaining.
He is yet to make his full Premier League debut for Spurs but has made 13 sub appearances in the top-flight and seven starts in cup competitions since graduating from the club’s prolific academy.
Football Insider verdict:
So, where will Onomah fit in at Villa? Coming days after Jack Grealish was ruled out for months, it appears he has been signed as an attacking midfielder who can destroy opposition defences. But manager Steve Bruce will be aware that the Spurs young gun was outstanding for England during their Under-20s triumph in a deeper lying role in which his ability to dominate midfield and play defence-splitting passes came to the fore. At Tottenham, Onomah struggled last season as Harry Winks jumped above him in the pecking order. But he is highly thought of at White Hart Lane and could make a huge impact at Villa Park.
In other Tottenham transfer news, an attacking midfielder has pulled out of training at a Premier League club after Spurs tabled a player exchange offer.