Aston Villa agree deal for ex-Newcastle transfer target Diego Carlos from Sevilla with Brazilian to fly in for medical

ASTON VILLA have announced a deal to sign Sevilla centre-back Diego Carlos.

The club has confirmed an agreement has been reached over a transfer fee with Fabrizio Romano revealing Carlos has agreed a contract.

The defender, 29, is set to be unveiled as Villa's third summer arrival following the capture of Boubacar Kamara and the permanent signing of Philippe Coutinho.

Carlos is now set to undergo a medical and will officially be a Villa player if he passes fit.

The Villans are conducting their transfer business early and are clearly determined to improve on their 14th-placed finish this season.

They will likely be pleased to land Carlos after he attracted the attention of several clubs, most notably Newcastle.

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Toon were desperate to sign him in January but Sevilla refused to budge, rejecting offers in the region of £25million.

Sevilla wanted to keep him as they battled at the top of La Liga in January – slapping a £40m asking price on the Brazilian.

However sources close to the deal say the Spaniards' current cash crisis allowed Villa to get their man for a cut-price £26million deal, as Sevilla needed to cover a €41million deficit by the end of June.

Carlos is set to pocket around £100,000-a-week in wages as Gerrard acts fast to plug the holes in his Villa defence with two key defensive signings already this week.

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There could be more signings to come at Villa Park with Atletico Madrid star Luis Suarez tipped to reunite with Steven Gerrard.

Villa are also said to be interested in Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain after the midfielder was put up for sale by Liverpool.

Gerrard could also make another defensive signing in the form of free agent James Tarkowski, though Everton are also sniffing around the Burnley man.

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