EXCLUSIVE: Aston Villa to beat rivals to Sheff Wed midfielder

Date published: Tuesday 22nd May 2018 1:24 - Robert McCarthy

Aston Villa are set to seal the signing of Sheffield Wednesday prospect Sean Clare, TEAMtalk can exclusively reveal.

The 21-year-old has come through the youth ranks at Wednesday, after joining from the Nike Academy in 2016, but now he is set to leave after rejecting a new deal.

He was set to join Gillingham – where he had enjoyed a loan spell – in January, before being recalled, and given his chance in the first-team by boss Jos Luhukay.

But despite making his breakthrough, he has decided to move on and Villa believe they have won the race for him – fending off a host of other clubs including Premier League Bournemouth and Championship rivals Preston and Norwich.

Because Clare is under 23, Wednesday will be due compensation, but it will be nowhere near Clare’s actual value.

Villa are closing in on a return to the Premier League but will need to get past Fulham in the Championship play-off final at Wembley on Saturday to make a return to the top flight.


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