ASTON VILLA is Everton’s favorite target to sign left-back Lucas Digne, reports say.
The two clubs have reached ‘advanced negotiations’ for the £25m transfer of 28-year-old Digne.
Based on Sports sky, the move will go ahead, with personal terms between Digne and Villa believed to be no problem.
News comes after management Rafael Benitez confirms Digne wants to leave the club.
Villa will overcome competition from Newcastle United and Chelsea to secure the signing.
Chelsea has hoping to catch the French full-back in the midst of their trauma crisis.
Digne was supposed to replace the treacherous Ben Chilwell, who will be out for the rest of this season.
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The French international has played for the Merseyside club since 2018, making a total of 127 appearances.
But he has not featured for the Toffees since they were beaten 4-1 by Liverpool in early December.
Benitez has picked either Ben Godfrey or Seamus Coleman at left-back since then.
The former Liverpool manager has spoken out about Digne’s imminent departure.
He said: “A few conversations with [Digne], he told me what he thought. What do you expect the manager to do when a player thinks of leaving?
“The reality is we need players who want to be here, for whatever reason. Talking about individual stats when the team is 10th? It doesn’t make any sense to me.”
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