Marseille swoop to sign Villa defender Jordan Amavi

Aston Villa defender Jordan Amavi has joined Marseille on loan with a view to a permanent deal.

Left-back Amavi has returned to play in Ligue 1 following a frustrating two year spell at Villa Park.

The Frenchman will initially move on loan to Marseille, however, the deal will be made permanent next summer for a fee of around £9m according to Birmingham Mail.

The 23 year-old had looked set to join Sevilla on a permanent deal last month but the move fell through, reportedly due to a failed medical.

Amavi arrived at Villa for £9million from Nice in 2015 and became an instant hit with the claret and blue faithful with a few impressive early performances under Tim Sherwood.

But a knee injury sustained on international duty ended his first season with the club and he has since failed to establish himself in Villa’s first XI.The arrival of left back Neil Taylor from Swansea at the start of this year effectively spelled the end of Amavi’s Villa career.