Aston Villa seals Coventry City transfer at ‘significant’ fees

Aston Villa are set to seal the transfer of Coventry City youngster Thierry Katsukunya.

According to athleticism, Katsukunya is set to move to Villa with the 16-year-old who will cost the club a “hefty” six-figure fee.

Katsukunya is with City’s Under-18s and is another signing to add to Villa’s youth ranks at Bodymoor Heath.

Villa signed Tim Iroegbunam from West Bromwich Albion and also moved to Louie Barry from their Midlands rivals over the past two years.

Declan Frith recently signed from Chelsea with Villa Academy Director Mark Harrison looking to bring in players to add to the talent already developed at Bodymoor.

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Villa has developed players for the academy club’s first team with Jacob Ramsey, Carney Chukwuemeka, Cameron Archer and Jaden Philogene-Bidace all taking the plunge.

Appointing Steven Gerrard as Dean Smith’s replacement when he was sacked in November, Villa general manager Christian Purslow said the Liverpool legend’s experience in his former team’s academy was key.

“I think it was an inspiring idea that when he left his coaching job at Liverpool he was given full responsibility for his own team, the Under-18s,” Purslow said.

“The academy and junior football are central to our strategy for this football club.

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“Which we have done over the past two years taking an academy that was a bit full of spider webs and hadn’t produced a first-team player in quite some time to win the FA Youth Cup in two years is perhaps the most successful achievement of the past three years.

“Steven’s familiarity with the process of developing and training great young players was a crucial draw to his candidacy.”

Gerrard was pictured in the Under-23 game against Burnley on Monday night, showing a keen interest in the performances of the club’s young players.

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