Aston Villa have shown real intent by agreeing a club-record deal for Norwich ace Emi Buendia, fighting off interest from Arsenal to secure his signature.
A deal worth in the region of £38million has been struck with the newly-promoted Canaries, with the Argentine forward already agreeing personal terms with Villa and completing his medical in his homeland.
The 24-year-old, recently named Championship Player of the Season after inspiring Norwich to promotion, has been on Arsenal’s radar since January.
But Norwich released a statement on Monday confirming they had agreed a deal with Villa for Buendia to move to the Midlands.
The fee is understood to be £33million up front plus a further £5m in add-ons and surpasses Villa’s previous record outlay – £28m on Ollie Watkins in last summer.
“Norwich City can confirm that a club record deal has been agreed with Aston Villa for the transfer of Emi Buendia,” read a statement from the club.
“Buendia will complete his final medical checks following the conclusion of Argentina’s World Cup qualifying fixture against Colombia on Tuesday evening.
“Final confirmation of the transfer will follow upon completion of the player’s medical.”
Villa favourite Gabby Agbonlahor couldn’t hide his delight while discussing the transfer, as it emerged over the weekend Dean White’s side had fought off interest from Arsenal to sign the talented playmaker.
“I think it’s a great signing. To have beaten Arsenal to it, makes it that bit better,” Agbonlahor told Faye Carruthers.
“Villa are a big club and he wants to take them to the next level.
“He’s a great player and he can add a lot more to that attacking threat that Aston Villa have [already] got.
“They’ve got Trezeguet who is out for a long time with a long-term injury, so they needed someone to come straight in and show that form.
“[Ross] Barkley was disappointing for the second half of the season, so Aston Villa have probably thought to themselves this is a great chance to get him and not lose him to probably a rival club in Arsenal.”