Aston Villa target Yoann Barbet is set to sign a three-year contract with Queens Park Rangers, subject to a medical in London, according to Nando Chachalana.

The 26-year-old centre-back is available for nothing after his contract with fellow Championship side Brentford came to an end.

The French defender appeared in 32 of the Bees’ 46 Championship games last season in which he scored once. Brentford finished 11th in the Championship, eight places higher than his soon-to-be new team QPR.

After leaving Brentford, Barbet was heavily linked with moves to Villa and Norwich having previously impressed in the second tier. Something that makes the move to QPR even more surprising, with the defender seemingly keen to remain in London.

Villa remain in need of centre-backs as both Tyrone Mings and Axel Tuanzebe are set to return their respective clubs this summer.

Both players were crucial to Villa’s promotion to the Premier League last season and would no doubt be welcomed back with open arms ahead of their top-flight return.

Central defenders that Aston Villa could sign this summer