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Marseille midfielder Boubacar Kamara is set to sign a five-year deal with Aston Villa

Boubacar Kamara is set to sign a five-year deal with Aston Villa as Steven Gerrard beats competition from Atletico Madrid to bring the France U21 midfielder on a free transfer.

  • Marseille midfielder Boubacar Kamara is out of contract at the club this summer
  • The 22-year-old has now agreed to join Aston Villa on a five-year deal.
  • Steven Gerrard has convinced him that his future is in the Premier League
  • Follow in the footsteps of Villa’s £17m permanent deal for Philippe Coutinho

Aston Villa are close to signing Marseille midfielder Boubacar Kamara on a five-year deal.

The 22-year-old agreed to join Villa ahead of interest from Atletico Madrid after a concerted effort by manager Steven Gerrard and his staff to convince the France U21 international that his future lay in the Premier League.

Kamara is out of contract this summer and had plenty of interest, but ultimately opted to sign Gerrard, following in the footsteps of Villa’s £17m permanent deal for Philippe Coutinho.

Aston Villa are close to signing Marseille midfielder Boubacar Kamara on a five-year deal

Aston Villa are close to signing Marseille midfielder Boubacar Kamara on a five-year deal

Aston Villa boss Steven Gerrard

Atletico Madrid coach Diego Simeone.

The 22-year-old agreed to join Steven Gerrard’s men ahead of interest from Atletico Madrid.

Villa also wants Burnley free agent center back James Tarkowski and has agreed a deal with 15-year-old Hearts for Scotland youth international midfielder Ewan Simpson.

It comes after Kamara confirmed at the weekend that he would be leaving the Ligue 1 side for new pastures.

I have made my decision, which is not to renew and leave OM at the end of this season. I think it’s the best decision for the next part of my career,” he said.

I am at a point in my career where I want to progress, discover a new challenge, a new league. I have chosen my future club, soon you will know who it is.’

The deal follows on the heels of Villa's £17m permanent deal for Philippe Coutinho

The deal follows on the heels of Villa’s £17m permanent deal for Philippe Coutinho

Villa also want free agent centre-back James Tarkowski following Burnley's relegation

Villa also want free agent centre-back James Tarkowski following Burnley’s relegation

Gerrard later scoffed at the signing after seeing his side blow a 2-0 lead to lose 3-2 to eventual champions Manchester City on the final day of the season.

“We have an interest,” the former midfielder said. “This is not the time to discuss future acquisitions or targets.

“I think you will see very soon that there has been some background work in terms of where we want to take this team. We need to make some changes in the right areas to support the best players we have.”

Kamara confirmed at the weekend that he would be leaving the Ligue 1 side for new pastures.

Kamara confirmed at the weekend that he would be leaving the Ligue 1 side for new pastures.

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