Reims defender Bjorn Engels is set to be revealed as an Aston Villa player within the next 72 hours.
Words by Regan Foy |@FindFoy
The 24-year-old, who joined Reims on loan last season from Olympiakos, before making his deal permanent within the same season, will be joining the newly minted Premier League side for a deal thought to be between €8,000,000 and €9,000,000. That means that Reims will be making double what they paid for him recently – almost like the Benik Afobe deal that saw the forward sign for Wolverhampton Wanderers before departing on a obligation-to-buy deal to Stoke City.
The Reims fans and board are not happy to be losing the talented centre-back, who also appeared at defensive midfield for Reims, but are keeping good on a promise made to Engels when he signed.
The promise in question was a verbal one, allowing him to move if a Premier League club was in waiting for his signature – due to his British partner hailing from Liverpool.
Björn has impressed in his first season in Ligue 1, and whilst he might take a little while to embed himself into English football, the almost 6ft 4″ Belgian could make a perfect partner to Tyrone Mings in the heart of the Aston Villa defence.
It’s a done deal, just keep your eyes peeled for an official announcement from the club.