Midfielder Jordan Veretout finally looks set to end his Aston Villa nightmare after agreeing a deal with French club Saint-Etienne, reports The Birmingham Mail.
The 24-year-old moved to Villa Park back in 2015 after coming up through the ranks and then appearing for Ligue 1 outfit Nantes, with whom he earned 143 appearances, netting 15 goals and laying on 23 assists in the process.
And his fine form there earned him a move to Villa, but things haven’t worked out for the midfielder at the Midlands club, playing just 29 times for the side before being shipped out on loan to Saint-Etienne for the entirety of last term.
And it appears that the French side liked what they saw of Veretout, as recent reports suggest that they are set to complete a permanent deal for the 24-year-old, reported to be for around £4.5 million.
The Frenchman scored four goals and laid on five assists in 43 games for Saint-Etienne last time out to help them to an eighth place finish in Ligue 1, nine points adrift of Bordeaux in the final European spot.
So it’s evident that they need reinforcements over the summer to try and bridge that gap next time round, and they appear to feel that Veretout adds the necessarily quality to aid them in that quest.
And it’s a deal which is unlikely to frustrate Villa fans too much, given that the midfielder hasn’t produced the goods at the club, and with manager Steve Bruce seeking to undergo a transformation at Villa Park this summer, his future was always likely to be away from the club.
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