Aston Villa have reportedly agreed on a deal worth £12.5 million to sign Spanish defender Alex Moreno from Real Betis.

According to a report from Sky Sports, Aston Villa have agreed on a fee of around £12.5 million for Real Betis left-back Alex Moreno. The 29-year-old defender is set to fly to Birmingham later today to undergo his medical.

Unai Emery was determined to improve his defensive options, and Moreno emerged as a viable target. The 29-year-old is at the peak of his powers right now and could improve Aston Villa at the back. Moreno is equally effective going forward and will add a new dimension to the Aston Villa side going forward.

Recent reports suggested that Aston Villa had struck a breakthrough in negotiations with Real Betis. And a £12.5 million deal is now on the verge of completion. Meanwhile, the West Midlands club already have Lucas Digne and Ludwig Augustinsson at their disposal. It remains to be seen whether they are prepared to sanction a departure following Moreno’s arrival.

Lucas Digne has done quite well since arriving in the Premier League and will have no shortage of suitors if Aston Villa are looking to cash in on him this month. The French International will be hoping to play regular first-team football and could push for a move away from Aston Villa if the West Midlands club cannot provide him with the necessary opportunities.

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Aston Villa have shown considerable improvements since the appointment of Unai Emery, and they will be hoping to finish in the top half this season. They will need to improve their squad sufficiently before the January transfer window closes and are expected to pursue an attacking signing after the capture of Moreno.

The Aston Villa manager has confirmed that the Premier League club will look to bring in a winger this month. Villa could certainly use more pace and creativity from the wide areas and they have been linked with players like Gerard Deulofeu.

Meanwhile, Moreno was a reliable defender in Spain, and it remains to be seen whether he can adapt to English football quickly and make an immediate impact. The 29-year-old’s ability and experience is beyond doubt. But the Spanish defender might need some time to adapt to the intensity of the Premier League.

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