Italian journalist Fabrizio Romano has given a huge update on Villa’s pursuit of Rangers striker Rory Wilson.
The transfer insider tweeted: “Aston Villa and Rangers have now full agreement for 16-yo Scottish striker Rory Wilson’s transfer. Villa will pay £350k plus add ons reaching £1m based on PL appearances.”
“Personal terms finalised last week, deal now done. Paperwork to be signed on July 1.”
The signing of Wilson will be Steven Gerrard’s first player to join from his former club Rangers, so the manager will surely be buzzing to have secured a deal to bring the youngster to Villa Park this summer.
The 16-year-old goal machine scored a monstrous 49 goals last season, leading the Ibrox youngsters to victory in the Scottish Youth Cup along the way, and he has been impressing on the international stage too.
For the Scotland under-17s, Wilson has scored eight goals and delivered one assist in just 11 appearances, showing the potential of a very bright future ahead of him.
The youngster has been the recipient of high praise due to his efforts in front of goal, with Scotland under-17s boss Brain McLaughlin dubbing the youngster “clever”.
He said (via Daily Record): “Rory is another who can play again in the next campaign. We have been brave enough to go really young at this age group. So Rory is leading the line as a 2006 against big powerful 2005s.
“He is a clever player, his touch is good, his attitude is superb and his finishing .. for a young boy to be able to finish the way he can finish, just clinical and calm in front of goals. He knows he is always going to get a chance because his movement gives him that.”
With that in mind, the signing of Wilson looks a real coup for Aston Villa, and they could have their next star striker on their hands if the teenager continues to fulfil his potential in the Midlands in the years to come.