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Aston Villa have agreed a deal worth about £25m for Watford’s Ismaila Sarr.

The Senegal forward, 24, who was also being pursued by Crystal Palace, will have a medical shortly before completing his move to Villa Park.

Aston Villa manager Steven Gerrard wants to strengthen his attacking resources, while Sarr was keen to return to the Premier League after the Hornets were relegated last season.

The fee could eventually rise to more than £25m with add-ons.

Sarr scored 25 goals in 95 games for Watford after joining the club from French side Rennes in 2019 for a reported £30m.

He has 47 Senegal caps and was part of the team that won the Africa Cup of Nations earlier this year.

Sarr will become Villa’s fourth signing of the summer transfer window after the arrivals of defender Diego Carlos, goalkeeper Robin Olsen and midfielder Boubacar Kamara.

Philippe Coutinho’s loan move from Barcelona was also made permanent at the end of the 2021-22 season.

By Amara

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