Villa line up Bouma deal
By Mark Buckingham
Last Updated: 01/01/70 1:00am
Aston Villa are closing in on a deal for PSV Eindhoven defender Wilfred Bouma.Aston Villa are understood to be closing in on a deal for PSV Eindhoven defender Wilfred Bouma.
Reports in Holland claim that the Dutch international is travelling to England to undergo a medical at Villa Park on Monday.
Bouma appears poised to become the latest player to quit the Dutch champions after Villa matched a minimum fee release clause in his contract.
The 27-year-old is now due to meet Villa boss David O'Leary to discuss personal terms ahead of clinching a move to The Premiership.
O'Leary has lined up the swoop for the centre half due to the continued concerns surrounding the fitness of Martin Laursen.
If Bouma does sign for Villa, he could be quickly followed to The Premiership by Lee Young-pyo, as the South Korea international is due to undergo a medical at Tottenham Hotspur.
PSV have little option but to accept Bouma's departure due to the clause in his contract, although it is unclear what the sum is.
An unknown Premiership club met that asking price earlier this month but they were unable to meet Bouma's wage demands.
Bouma has three years remaining on his contract at Philips Stadion and has been a key figure in the defence for several seasons.
Liverpool have also been linked with a bid for the powerful stopper but it appears Villa are homing in on his capture, with Bouma's agent Ger Lagendijk expecting the transfer to be completed.
Lagendijk told De Telegraaf: "The chance is 90 percent that Bouma will leave.
"We hope to get an agreement with the club today."