Aston Villa have agreed a deal for Dundee United’s defensive starlet Kerr Smith, 90min understands.
The 17-year-old is thought to be the most effective gamers his age within the UK and he has been taking part in first-team soccer since turning 16.
Defender Smith, who can play full-back or centrally, was already being checked out by Premier League golf equipment earlier than he turned 16 and had trials at Manchester United and paradoxically Aston Villa – who two years later have pushed by a deal.
We perceive that Everton, Liverpool, Newcastle, Crystal Palace and Leeds have been amongst greater than half a dozen golf equipment from south of the border that have been eager on touchdown Smith.
Now Steven Gerrard is returning to the Scottish top-flight to seize certainly one of its most interesting abilities and Smith is due for a medical which, ought to all go nicely, ought to result in him finalising his change to Villa Park earlier than the weekend.
It’s anticipated that the Scottish youth worldwide will initially be moved into the membership’s under-23 setup earlier than pushing on for a first-team place.
Dundee United boss Thomas Courts has performed a serious function in Smith’s growth and he has few doubts about his high quality.
“Kerr is a very level-headed man. He doesn’t get put up or down by a lot and that’s an excellent temperament to have,” Courts stated of Smith in latest months.
“It’s drawback to have, seeing him linked with huge golf equipment.
“We wish to hold him so long as potential however we additionally know he’s a gifted participant and naturally there shall be curiosity.”