Lucas Digne joins Coutinho at Aston Villa

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  • Lucas Digne
    Lucas Digne
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  • Philippe Coutinho Correia
    Philippe Coutinho Correia
    Brazilian association football player
  • Rafael Benítez
    Rafael Benítez
    Spanish association football manager and former player

Lucas Digne is due for a medical at Aston Villa after the ambitious EPL club agreed to a transfer fee with rivals Everton.

The left-back is poised to move to Villa Park for a fee of around STG25million ($A47 million), the PA news agency understands.

Digne has fallen out with Everton boss Rafael Benitez, who confirmed last week the 28-year-old no longer wanted to play for the Toffees.

Villa have already signed Philippe Coutinho on loan from Barcelona as Steven Gerrard makes his mark on the squad after replacing Dean Smith in November.

Gerrard had been open about wanting to sign a full-back to compete with Matt Targett.

Digne had been linked with Newcastle and Chelsea but Villa have won the race for the France international.

The defender has not played since the Merseyside derby defeat on December 1 after a fall-out with the manager over tactics and his role in the team.

He returned to the squad as an unused substitute a month later for the defeat at home to Brighton but last Friday the Toffees boss revealed the player had asked to leave.

Benitez was critical of Digne's attitude, saying: "We are paid big money to do our job and if someone is happy or not happy it is (still) up to you to perform in your job.

"You have to put your interests behind the interests of the club. If you are not thinking about that the priority is you and not the team."

Villa winger Anwar El Ghazi could yet move to Goodison Park but the deals are not linked.

Earlier, Villa announced the formalities of Coutinho's transfer which included an option to buy, had been processed and the 29-year-old "will spend the rest of this season on loan at Villa Park".

Coutinho, who has also played for Inter Milan and Bayern Munich, cannot wait to link up with his new club.

"It's a pleasure to be here; it's a great club," the Brazilian said on www.avfc.co.uk.

"I spoke a lot with the manager, with Stevie, and he told me about the club and his ambitions. I'm very happy to be here and I'm looking to enjoy my football.

"I've known Stevie for a long time. I played with him and I learned a lot from him.

"He's someone who I have big admiration for. I hope to do my best here. For sure, I will work hard, and I hope together we can do good work."

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