Bjorn Engels signs as Aston Villa take their spending to nearly £100m

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The club has now spent almost £100 million to retool the squad ahead of the return to the top flight, with Engels the latest signing to be part of that project as the 24-year-old defender joins from Stade Reims.

Aston Villa are in talks to sign another centre back, 6ft 4ins Belgian Bjorn Engels.

Boss Dean Smith is a long-term admirer of Engels and previously tried to sign him last summer while still in charge of Brentford.

Dean Smith knows that if he is to keep his Villa outfit in the Premier League wholesale changes had to be made, and he is well on the way to putting together a squad with the required depth to give them the best chance of surviving.

Villa have already signed striker Wesley, for a club-record £22m from Club Brugge, left-back Matt Targett for £11.5m from Southampton and defender Kortney Hause for £3m from Wolves.

Sebastien Haller: West Ham sign Eintracht Frankfurt striker for club record £45m
Haller scored 20 goals in all competitions in 2018-19, including five in Eintracht's run to the semi-finals of the Europa League. The 25-year-old has signed a five-year deal with the Irons, with the option for a further year included.

Engels has joined Villa's pre-season training camp in the U.S., with Smith's team set to face Minnesota United in the early hours of Thursday morning.

Douglas Luiz is expected to be the next player to pen a deal with the Villans with the club expected to pay Manchester City £15m for the midfielder.

Fulham, meanwhile, were relegated from the Premier League last season after becoming the first promoted club to spend over 100 million pounds on players in the close season.

"Things have happened very quickly".

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