Telegraph: Aston Villa close to signing Ashley Young on free transfer

Aston Villa are reportedly edging closer to securing Ashley Young on a free transfer, and a deal could be done by the end of this month.

Young, who enjoyed an excellent spell with Villa between 2007 and 2011, turns 36 next month and is set to become a free agent as his contract with Inter is on course to expire at the end of June.

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The versatile veteran made 34 appearances for Antonio Conte’s side last season, scoring once and providing four assists, as he played a key role in their Serie A title success.

However, according to The Telegraph, he’s now close to signing for Villa for a second time, and it’s suggested that a deal could be concluded later this month.

Time will tell if official news arrives on the swoop, but it certainly sounds as though Young could be set for a return to Birmingham, 10 years on from leaving the club.

Despite his age and while an agreement on wages that suit us will be crucial still, Young can still be an invaluable member of the squad if he were to join.

From his experience to his winning mentality and versatility, he would be an ideal addition to replace the senior players that we have lost this summer in Tom Heaton, Neil Taylor and Ahmed Elmohamady, not only in terms of quality on the pitch but also his leadership in the dressing room in what is still a relatively young squad.

That’s all while putting nostalgia and sentiment aside given what he did for the club in his previous spell with us, and so it remains to be seen if a deal can be completed in the coming weeks to see Young become our second summer signing as he could fix a lot of our problems in terms of depth without spending money on a transfer fee.