Fabian Delph to have Manchester City medical ahead of £8m move from Aston Villa

BIRMINGHAM, ENGLAND - JANUARY 17:  Fabian Delph of Aston Villa on th ball during the Barclays Premier League match between Aston Villa and Liverpool at Vil
Image: Fabian Delph had an £8m release clause in his contract

England midfielder Fabian Delph is set to have a medical at Manchester City ahead of an £8m move from Aston Villa, according to Sky sources.

It is understood the 25-year-old will undergo his testing this weekend after City activated the release clause in his contract - a five-year deal signed only last January.

City are believed to have already agreed personal terms with Delph, who shone in his 32 appearances for the struggling Villans last season.

Despite the club fighting off relegation and changing managers halfway through the campaign, Delph continued to impress and picked up six England caps over the course of the season.

Delph signed for Villa from Leeds in 2009 after making 52 appearances for the Yorkshire club, and returned to Elland Road for a loan spell in 2012 after struggling to break into Villa's first-team.

But he has since gone from strength to strength despite Villa's troubles, scoring eight goals in over 100 appearances for the West Midlands club.

City are keen to add more young English talent, not only to keep in line with the home-grown quota, but also to establish more to their first-team.

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