By Pete O’Rourke
Matt Targett is set to undergo an Aston Villa medical as he finalises a move from Southampton worth up to £17million, Football Insider understands.
The Midlands giants have fended off competition from rival Premier League clubs to reach an agreement over the transfer of the 23-year-old this summer.
A Villa source has told Football Insider that the club have agreed to pay an initial £14million rising to a potential £17million for the Saints’ second choice left-back.
Targett is in line to complete the formalities of the move by undergoing medical tests and putting pen to paper on a long-term contract.
It is another mega-money signing from newly-promoted Villa, who have already paid a club-record £22million to land striker Wesley Moraes from Club Brugge.
Football Insider revealed earlier this month that the Midlands outfit had set their sights on Targett and his teammate Charlie Austin as they looked to strengthen at left-back and up front.
He played second fiddle to England international Ryan Bertrand at Southampton last season, making 13 Premier League starts among 21 appearances in all competitions.
Targett is a Saints academy product who spent the second half of the 2017-18 campaign on loan at Fulham.
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