6m midfielder chooses Villa over City and Spurs
By Villa reporter
Monday 03 Aug 2009 22:46:00
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Villa have stepped up their summer strengthening of the squad by securing the signing of Leeds prospect Fabian Delph.

Spurs and Manchester City were also interested in taking the 19-year-old midfielder, but Leeds refuse to go back on a deal which had been agreed with Villa.

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Delph, regarded as one of English football’s most promising talents, will travel to the Midlands on Tuesday to discuss personal terms and undergo a medical before signing a four-year contract.

It is reported that Villa have agreed an initial down payment of £6m with add-ons to follow.

The Guardian says having failed with a bid for Delph several weeks ago, Villa had been reluctant to return to the negotiating table and feared that Leeds were trying to create an auction, but their stance changed once it emerged that City as well as Tottenham were keen on signing the youngster.

Villa increased their offer to meet Leeds' valuation and, although City and Spurs tried to hijack the deal, the League One club refused to renege on their earlier agreement.

Delph’s emergence at Elland Road last season was rewarded with a first England Under-21 cap when he was called up to face the Czech Republic in November.

He is Villa's second signing of the summer following the £12m recruitment of the winger Stewart Downing from Middlesbrough last month.

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