Aston Villa sign left-back Lucas Digne from Everton

Aston Villa have made their second signing of the January transfer window as they welcome left-back Lucas Digne from Everton.

The Athletic reported yesterday a fee of £23 million plus add-ons has been agreed with the Merseyside club. It is understood Digne travelled to Birmingham for a medical on Wednesday before signing a four-and-a-half year deal.

On Wednesday night, Digne posted on Instagram: “Sometimes it only takes one person from outside to destroy a beautiful love affair” ahead of his move to Villa.

Digne, 28, was the top target for manager Steven Gerrard who wanted to increase Villa’s full-back options this month.

He was linked with Newcastle but the Frenchman did not want to move to a club who was threatened with relegation.

Chelsea were among other clubs thought to be considering Digne with Ben Chilwell out for the season with a knee ligament injury. The Champions League winners wanted a loan move only, though, which was not something Everton were interested in.

Head Coach Steven Gerrard said: “When Lucas became available we jumped at the opportunity to bring him to the club.

“To sign a player of his pedigree and quality in the January window is a great addition to our squad and his arrival excites me and everyone associated with Aston Villa.”

Digne could be available for Villa’s match against Manchester United on Saturday.


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