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SportSouthampton attempted to hijack Villa deal for El Ghazi

01:35  13 june  2019
01:35  13 june  2019 Source:   readsport.co

Aston Villa clinch permanent deal for Wembley hero El Ghazi

Aston Villa clinch permanent deal for Wembley hero El Ghazi Promoted Aston Villa have taken up their option to sign Anwar El Ghazi from Lille after his loan spell culminated in play-off success.

Aston Villa have signed Anwar El Ghazi on a permanent basis from Lille after his successful loan spell. El Ghazi scored six goals in 34 Championship games last season, and Smith told Villa 's website: "It's now my job and the job of the coaching staff and Anwar himself to fulfil the potential that

El Ghazi is Aston Villa 's second signing of the summer so far, following the arrival of Jota from Birmingham City. Aston Villa will find out their schedule for the new campaign when the fixtures for the 2019/20 PL season are released on Thursday 13 June at 09:00 BST. See: Summer 2019 transfer news.

Southampton attempted to hijack Villa deal for El Ghazi © Matthew Lewis/Getty Images Sport Aston Villa v Middlesbrough - Sky Bet Championship

Southampton made an attempt to hijack Aston Villa’s deal to sign Anwar El Ghazi this month.

According to Sunday Times journalist Duncan Castles, Southampton tried to swoop in with an offer for El Ghazi before Villa signed him permanently.

Southampton attempted to hijack Villa deal for El Ghazi © Matthew Lewis/Getty Images Sport Matthew Lewis/Getty Images Sport

El Ghazi spent last season on loan to Villa in the Championship from Ligue 1 side Lille, where he found the back of the net six times and set up a further six – including a goal in the play-off final against Derby County at Wembley.

Castles claims that Southampton and Everton both made bids for El Ghazi, before Villa decided to take up the option in their loan deal to sign him permanently for €8m earlier this week.

Southampton are yet to make their first signing of the 2019/20 campaign, but have been heavily linked with a move for Standard Liege winger Moussa Djenepo – who plays in a similar position to El Ghazi.

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