By Aramide Oladipo
Aston Villa have reached an agreement to offload defender Jordan Amavi to Ligue 1 side Marseille on a permanent deal, according to a report.
French publication L’Equipe claims that the Championship side are set to receive around £9million for the 23-year-old and he will officially become a Marseille player on October 10.
The newspaper reports that the full-back is “already 100% a Marseille player” despite neither club officially coming out and confirming the news.
Amavi is currently enjoying a loan spell with the South of France outfit where he has made a total of six appearances in all competitions so far.
The defender has clearly impressed with his performances as he has been selected to represent the France national team in the upcoming World Cup qualifiers against Bulgaria and Belarus.
The full-back has spent two years at Villa Park after securing a move to England from Nice.
The youngster has featured in 48 matches for Villa and contributed with four assists in the process.
Steve Bruce’s team do not appear to be missing his presence as they are currently on an eight match unbeaten run in the Championship.
Amavi currently has three remaining on his contract at Villa Park.
Football Insider verdict
The situation concerning Amavi since the start of the summer transfer window has been fairly strange. It appears that the player himself was desperate to secure a move away from Villa Park but he then reportedly failed a medical which denied him a chance to join La Liga side Sevilla. Now, reports in France claim that he is on the verge of securing a permanent move to Marseille within a matter of days. It will be interesting to see how Villa respond to the reports with the international fixtures in full flow right now. With the team on such a good run in the league, they certainly don’t need any distractions.
In other Aston Villa news, Simon Jordan has taken a swipe at McCormack after his exit was announced.