Exclusive: Aston Villa open preliminary talks to sign £17.5m player

By Pete O’Rourke

Aston Villa have opened preliminary talks with Huddersfield Town about signing defender Terence Kongolo, Football Insider understands.

Football Insider revealed at the start of this week that the Midlands giants had set their sights on a summer deal for the defender, who can play at centre-back and left-back.

A Villa source told Football Insider the club have made an early move to win the race for Kongolo’s signature by discussing how a deal could be structured.

The Holland international, 25, became Huddersfield’s record signing when he joined for £17.5million (Sky Sports) from Monaco last summer.

The Terriers are likely to want to recoup their fee for the imposing defender, who was one of their outstanding players during their relegation campaign.

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Kongolo had initially joined Huddersfield on loan in January of last year before completing a permanent move the following window after impressing ex-boss David Wagner with his character and ability.

Capped four times by Holland, Kongolo has made 49 appearances in total for Huddersfield and was mainly used at centre-back in his 32 league starts last season.

Villa are exploring alternative options to Tyrone Mings, who made such a big impression on loan in the second half of last season, but has returned to Bournemouth.

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