Premier League new boys Aston Villa are ready to secure their second signing since winning promotion, according to the Football Insider website.

The Villans are expected to undergo a raft of transfer movement this summer, in a bid to make sure that their return to the top flight lasts longer than a solitary season, and have all but completed the deal for the second addition to their squad to be confirmed.

The man Villa are close to signing is Wolverhampton Wanderers defender Kortney Hause, a player who was on loan at Villa Park for the second half of last term, and who was a key member of the squad which went on an excellent run to get them into the Championship play-offs, where they secured their promotion back to the Premier League.

The 23-year-old made a big impression in his time with the Villans, to the extent that Dean Smith was keen to secure his permanent future as soon as possible, by taking up the option the Birmingham based club had on his services.

The defender played 12 times in his loan spell at the club, standing out when the opportunity arose, although he was only a substitute for the play-off final against Derby County at Wembley Stadium last month.

It is believed that Villa will pay Wolves £3m for the defender, who will join Jota as a new signing at Villa Park after the former Brentford playmaker was brought in earlier in the summer.

Hause is understood to have signed a contract which will see him earn in the region of £30,000 a week in his time with the Villans, penning a long-term deal with the newly promoted side.

He will compete for a place in the Villa first-team with the likes of James Chester, who is expected to return from injury ahead of the new campaign.


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