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Reports out of Spain suggest Aston Villa and Sevilla have agreed on a fee for Spanish defender Antonio Luna.

Dennis Grombkowski

It's no secret that Aston Villa have had a bit of trouble at left back over the past few seasons, ever since Stephen "I went to the World Cup and all I brought back was this silly tee shirt" Warnock burned out into a pile of charred ashes. Then there was Eric Lichaj, who had so much potential that he simply never realized. One of Paul Lambert's first signings, Joe Bennett, had a bit of a rough start to the season, although he started to look more stable toward the end. It seemed Bennett was as good as Villa were going to get, and most supporters crossed their fingers for more improvement and looked for potential replacements at other positions.

But, according to reports out of Spain, Villa and Sevilla have agreed on a fee, thought to be around £2m, for defender Antonio Luna. The 22 year old came through the ranks of the Sevilla youth system and made his senior debut at the end of the 2009-2010 season. He spent the second half of the past season at loan at Mallorca -- hopefully not picking up any tips from our good friend Alan Hutton -- where he started 11 games for the struggling side.

Even if Luna isn't Villa's answer to their constant left back woes, having him in the squad, for a cheap price, could very well light a fire under Bennett and keep him improving.