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Aaron Tshibola could be on his way to Villa Park, as Reading have reportedly accepted a £5 million bid for the midfielder.

The Telegraph have reported that Roberto Di Matteo's Villa have submitted a £5 million bid for the 21 year old centre midfielder, who has previously featured for the England U18's.

Tshibola featured 12 times for Reading last season, and did well enough to attract the attention of both Villa and Norwich City, who previously had a £2 million offer rejected. £5 million for a player who has played just 13 senior games seems a bit much, but Tshibola is a player with a lot of potential.

Villa apparently want to finish up this deal by the end of the week, as the side then depart for their training camp in Austria. If he does join, Tshibola will be the second signing of the summer, joining Tommy Elphick as the Villa new boys.

It is clear that Roberto Di Matteo is firstly targeting players with Championship experience, as well as those who have the potential to shine in the Premier League in future years. It may seem like a safe strategy, but it is definitely a sensible one. He said:

"I am looking for personnel that have the edge and have the knowledge of the Championship.

"I have a good idea of what I want. Right now I am going to make the decisions of the players coming in and out but one of the jobs is to put a structure in, to have a process where we go through to aquire players.

"It's not just going to be the manager saying 'I want this guy'. It has to be done properly and professionally so we limit the risk of signing players who might not work for the club."

Obviously, this is just speculation at this stage, though the Telegraph's John Percy is a reputable source, meaning that there could well be substance to this rumour. Watch this space.