Leroy Fer seemed close to signing for Aston Villa on deadline day, before the move fell through in the 11th hour.

The Dutchman even travelled to the Bodymoor Heath training complex from South Wales for a medical on Thursday morning, according to the Birmingham Mail, but it was later reported that a potential deal had broken down.

Despite missing out on the highly-rated Championship midfielder, Villa boss Dean Smith has insisted he is happy with the club’s business.

We were looking at options but the options never came to fruition. There was nothing that disappointed us too much, though. We were pleased with the business on a whole, especially keeping hold of Tammy (Abraham).

Fer’s Swansea team-mate, at the time, Tom Carroll moved to Villa Park on a loan for the rest of the season instead, as the final arrival of five mid-way through the season.

Villa have the tricky test of hosting promotion-chasing Sheffield United on Friday, where Smith will want to see his side bounce back from the disappointing 0-0 draw at Reading last time out.