Aston Villa have had a £5m bid for young Reading midfielder Aaron Tshibola accepted, despite Premier League interest and Reading manager Jaap Stam's hands-off warning.
GetReading reports that 21-year-old has travelled to Villa to undergo a club medical and discuss personal terms, with a deal expected to be concluded next week.
The move comes after a wave of interest in the young midfielder following a string of impressive performances with the Royal's before he was ruled out with injury last season.
Having played exceptionally well under then boss Steve Clarke, he sparked attention from the Premier League with clubs like Everton and Crystal Palace. As well as Celtic and fellow Championship sides Norwich and Aston Villa.
However, it seems a move to Villa Park is forthcoming with Norwich said to be the only club that have shown any other real interest with a rumoured bid of £2m, which was declined.
Rising through the academy ranks with Reading, Tshibola slowly became an exciting talent that current boss Jaap Stam didn't want to lose from his new team after being appointed only last month.
Stam had spoken to the media at the club's training ground only last week, issuing his intent to keep Aaron Tshibola at the club when he said: "All I can say is his future is here. I don’t want him to leave, that’s what I told the club as well.''
Despite his plea, £5m seemed too much for the owners to turn down. As 'Tishs' former manager and now Aston Villa assistant Steve Clarke is set to snap him up at Villa, with Clarke undoubtedly playing a key part in the move.
Reports also suggest the midfielder was keen on a move and asked the club to let him move on, after making 16 appearances in his injury-ridden debut season following a loan with Fleetwood in 2015.
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