Before completing the Lucas Digne transfer, Aston Villa are set to make a second January signing.
STEVEN GERRARD’S first transfer window as Aston Villa manager has been hectic.
According to reports, Aston Villa are set to sign West Ham goalkeeper Darren Randolph on a loan deal.
Villa have already been busy this month, having signed Philippe Coutinho on a season-long loan from Barcelona.
However, Steven Gerrard has made it clear that he wants to keep adding to his squad.
Villa are currently 13th in the Premier League table, a long way from relegation.
Gerrard, on the other hand, has had a positive impact since replacing the sacked Dean Smith, and club officials appear to be backing him in the transfer market.
Gerrard will have to outperform his first signing, former Liverpool star Coutinho.
However, he appears to be on the verge of bringing in a second player.
Randolph is expected to be brought in as a backup to Villa No. 1 Emiliano Martinez, according to TalkSPORT.
Randolph has yet to play for West Ham this season, as he is behind Lukasz Fabianski and Alphonse Areola in the West Ham pecking order.
This season, Villa’s deputy has been Jed Steer, but Gerrard clearly wants to add more depth to that position.
Randolph, a 34-year-old Republic of Ireland international with 50 caps, has been selected.
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Everton left-back Lucas Digne is another player Villa are interested in signing.
Villa and the France international, according to TalkSPORT, have already agreed personal terms.
After falling out of favor under Rafa Benitez at Goodison Park, Digne would cost around £25 million.
Digne would be in direct competition with Matt Targett, who plays for Villa on a regular basis.
Former Villa captain Gabriel Agbonlahor is optimistic about the club’s transfer plans, even suggesting that Gerrard could entice another former teammate, Luis Suarez, to the Midlands.
“Honestly, I thought ‘nah’ when I first saw [the Coutinho rumour],” Agbonlahor told talkSPORT.
“Then I realized, ‘Yeah, that’s Steven Gerrard.'”
“This isn’t your typical Mickey Mouse ex-footballer.”
Steven Gerrard, one of England’s and Liverpool’s greatest players of all time.
“With players like Coutinho, he’ll have the most amazing relationship.”
“Next, go get Suarez.”
“We, the Villa supporters, will not give up.”