Aston Villa ‘will sign’ Bjorn Engels from Reims this summer, according to claims from RMC Sport journalist Loic Tanzi. 

Dean Smith’s side were reported to have been hopeful of completing a deal worth £7 million for the defender, but emerging claims from France suggest that a €10 million transfer has been wrapped up. 

Villa have already significantly strengthened their defensive options this summer, adding Tyrone Mings and Kortney Hause on permanent deals following their loans at the club, and also signing Matt Targett and Ezri Konsa. 

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Engels looks to be the latest defender to be added to the ranks, with Reims offloading him just weeks after activating their option to sign him from Olympiakos for £3.6 million following his season-long loan spell.

The 24-year-old was, as per Tanzi’s claims, promised by the Ligue 1 side’s board that if a lucrative offer from an English club came in, they would allow him to leave. 

Said offer appears to be on the table, and Engels looks to be heading to Villa Park ahead of next season.

Villa's summer signings so far