By Wayne Veysey

21st Aug, 2016 | 11:26am

Medical booked as Aston Villa close to agreeing midfielder loan - report

By Joe Nelson

Aston Villa midfielder Jordan Veretout is set to join French club Saint-Etienne on a season-long loan, according to a report.

French publication Le Progres claim that the Frenchman will arrive in his homeland on medical to undergo a medical with the Ligue 1 outfit.

The 23-year-old started his career with Nantes, after being given the chance in their first team due to his impressive performances at youth level, but has never found his feet in England.

Veretout arrived from Nantes last summer for £7.5million but he was one of many signings who failed to live up to expectations.

He was a regular under Tim Sherwood and Remi Garde but was frozen out towards the end of the campaign under caretaker boss Eric Black.

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The Villa number 17 made 29 appearances in all competitions last season, and is just one year into his five year deal with the Midlands club which could help Di Matteo recoup all of the £7.5million they paid for him last summer.

Saint-Etienne performed well in France’s top tier last season, finishing sixth in Ligue 1 and qualifying for the Europa League.

This continental qualification could push Saint Etienne to the front of the queue for Veretout, who has also reportedly interested domestic rivals Marseille, according to L’Equipe.

The French midfielder would be Roberto Di Matteo’s sixth senior departure of the summer, after losing Ciaran Clark to Newcastle, Idrissa Gueye to Everton and Brad Guzan to Middlesbrough, while Charles N’Zogbia Kieran Richardson were out of contract.

In other Aston Villa transfer news, Xia is confident on completing five deals before the transfer window shuts.