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

Dean Smith’s side will pay a transfer fee of around €10m to Reims to acquire the services of Engels

Dean Smith’s side will pay a transfer fee of around €10m to Reims to acquire the services of Engels

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.

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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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