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Aston Villa to sign Anwar El Ghazi from Lille for £8m after successful loan

• Villa trigger option to buy 24-year-old from French club
• Former Ajax player follows Jota as second summer signing

Aston Villa will complete the signing of Anwar El Ghazi from Lille in the next 24 hours after triggering the option to buy the 24-year-old winger following his successful loan last season. Villa agreed a fee when El Ghazi joined on loan last August – understood to be £8m.

El Ghazi scored six goals for Villa last season, including the first in the 2-1 Championship play-off final victory over Derby County. He also had a hand in the second goal at Wembley and said after the game that he hoped to extend his stay and play for the club in the Premier League.

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