Aston Villa set to make second January signing before completing Lucas Digne transfer

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Aston Villa are set to sign West Ham goalkeeper Darren Randolph on loan, according to reports. Villa have already been busy this month, signing Philippe Coutinho on loan from Barcelona for the remainder of the season. But Steven Gerrard is clearly keen to continue to bolster his squad.

Villa currently sit 13th in the Premier League table and are well clear of the relegation zone.

But Gerrard has had a positive impact since he replaced the sacked Dean Smith and is seemingly being backed in the transfer market by club chiefs.

Gerrard would do well to outdo the first signing he made in former Liverpool star Coutinho.

But it appears he is close to getting a second player through the door.

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TalkSPORT claims Randolph will be brought in as backup to Villa No 1 Emiliano Martinez.

Randolph is yet to feature for West Ham this season due to being behind Lukasz Fabianski and Alphonse Areola in the pecking order at the London Stadium.

Jed Steer has been the deputy for Villa this season but Gerrard clearly wants to add further depth in that position.

And 34-year-old Randolph, who has won 50 caps for the Republic of Ireland, is the chosen candidate.

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Villa are also hopeful of signing Everton left-back Lucas Digne.

TalkSPORT claims Villa have already agreed personal terms with the France international.

Digne would cost around £25million after falling out of favour under Rafa Benitez at Goodison Park.

Digne would provide direct competition with Villa regular Matt Targett.

Former Villa captain Gabriel Agbonlahor is excited about the club’s transfer business and even suggested Gerrard could lure another of his former team-mate in Luis Suarez to the Midlands side.

“Honestly, when I first saw [the Coutinho rumour] I thought ‘nah’,” Agbonlahor told talkSPORT.

“Then I thought ‘yeah, this is Steven Gerrard.’

“This is no Mickey Mouse ex-footballer. This is Steven Gerrard – one of England and Liverpool’s greatest ever players.

“He is going to have the most amazing relationship with the likes of Coutinho.

“Go and get Suarez next. Us Villa fans, we aren’t stopping.”

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