Aston Villa to smash transfer record on £22m forward Wesley Moraes

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Aston Villa have agreed to pay a club record fee of €25m to Club Brugge in order to take Wesley to Villa Park.

Moraes is flying into Birmingham this weekend to put the finishing touches to the move, in a huge statement of intent from Villa's owners.

The fee, which could potentially rise further, eclipses the club's previous transfer record, which saw Darren Bent join from Sunderland for an initial £18m in 2011.

But Villa officials are understood to consider the potential deal a significant coup, with Moraes, 22, establishing a reputation as a powerful striker with an eye for goal.

The Juiz de Fora native scored 17 goals and picked up 10 assists in 48 appearances in all competitions for Club Brugge past year, including finding the back of the net twice in six Champions League games.

The forward has also made appearances in both the Champions League and Europa League, scoring two goals against Monaco in the group stage of Europe's top continental competition last season.

There was interest in the striker this summer from the Premier League, with Newcastle keen, while overseas, Lazio wanted to take Wesley to Italy.

He will become the first Brazilian to ever play for the club and is unlikely to be their last big money buy of the summer as Smith reshapes his squad.

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