Aston Villa could lose £12m man this summer as Gerrard is backed to sign key target

A look at all the latest Aston Villa transfer news and rumours ahead of this weekend’s clash with Tottenham.

Aston Villa are back in action this weekend, where they will attempt to snap their three-game losing streak against a dangerous-looking Tottenham side.

Steven Gerrard’s men have had a difficult run of late, culminating in a derby defeat to Wolves, and it gets no easier this weekend, facing a Spurs side that scored five against Newcastle last time out.

A win is likely required if Villa want to get back into the top half, but there is no doubt a point would represent a solid result.

In any case, as preparations for that game continue, we have rounded up all the latest transfer rumours.

Coutinho deal backed

Villa have been backed to pull off a permanent deal for Philippe Coutinho this summer.

The Brazilian has impressed at Villa Park, and while the Lions hold an opotion to buy worth around £34million, a full-time move has been put in doubt amid reported interest from other clubs.

But journalist Dean Jones is backing Villa to get it done, telling GiveMe Sport: “Let’s not forget that Aston Villa have extremely rich owners and they’re not a club that are struggling, so he’ll still get paid very well.

“I think there’s a good chance that it happens.”

Konsa interest

Arsenal are said to be showing an interest in Villa defender Enzri Konsa.

According to Football Insider, the Gunners have earmarked the centre-back as they look to add options to their back-line this summer.

What’s more, it’s also reported that Steven Gerrard has already told Konsa’s representatives that he can leave this summer.

He’s played 24 Premier League appearances for the side so far this season.

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