By Daniel Feliciano

10th Jan, 2022 | 12:45pm

'Not a done deal' - Phil McNulty provides latest update on Lucas Digne to Aston Villa

Everton defender Lucas Digne’s protracted transfer to Aston Villa is not as advanced as suggested elsewhere, according to BBC Sport journalist Phil McNulty.

Reports had suggested that Everton were in ‘advanced negotiations’ with Villa over a deal [Sky Sports], with talkSPORT claiming that personal terms had been agreed between the player and club too.

However according to a tweet by BBC’s McNulty, the deal is ‘not as advanced as has been suggested’ and there are some issues to iron out.

In a tweet on his personal account, McNulty said that while there is interest from Villa and Steven Gerrard is an admirer there has been no bid submitted yet and that Digne’s wages ‘could still be an issue’.

This goes completely against all the other latest reports, leaving fans of both clubs in limbo about whether the deal is going to happen or not.

Weird

It’s interesting that the news is so different from what else is out there, but that surely means that McNulty trusts his sources impeccably.

Digne’s wages have been mooted to be fairly high previously so the suggestion they could be an issue isn’t the most surprising, but with other reports suggesting terms have already been agreed it’s just a weird situation.

Digne is almost certain to leave the club this winter after his falling out with manager Rafa Benitez, who replaced him swiftly with Dinamo Kyiv left-back Vitaly Mykolenko and Rangers full-back Nathan Patterson during the winter window.

Chelsea and Newcastle were also interested in Digne, but with their interest seemingly cooling [Daily Mail] in recent days it seems inevitable that the France defender will join Villa eventually.

Whether it’s as imminent as some are suggesting remains to be seen, but this update certainly gives reason for concern.

In other Everton news, Ace is ‘impressed’ by potential new club as deal edges closer – report