Tonev on way to Villa according to Polish Newspaper

Chris Brunskill

Aleksander Tonev has passed a physical in Birmingham and will be signing for Aston Villa, according to a Polish newspaper.

According to Przeglad Sportowy - Poland's oldest sports daily - Aleksander Tonev has completed a physical in Birmingham and will be signed by Aston Villa. I'm working off of a Google translated version of that site, but from the looks of it, Villa are paying Polish club Lech Poznan 3.2 million Euros, with a possible 500,000 Euro option based on matches played. If true, this would mean that Villa beat out both Celtic and Werder Bremen for the services of Tonev. That's actually a good sign, since Villa are beating teams with European play to offer.

The winger, who first came to our attention last week, would be a nice addition to a club that could sorely use some midfield depth. His transfer may also make the deal for Ivelin Popov more likely, as that would mean Popov would have another Bulgarian on the team to hang out with (and let's not forget Stiliyan Petrov). At the price reported, I think this is a pretty solid signing for Villa. The 23-year-old has a lot of potential, and if he never realizes it, Villa haven't paid too much.

We'll update if and when this becomes official.

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