By Joe Ellis

10th Jan, 2023 | 8:10am

Aston Villa want to make Alex Moreno transfer in time to face Leeds United

Aston Villa are trying to get the signing of Real Betis full-back Alex Moreno over the line in time to face Leeds United on Friday (13 January), according to Charlotte Duncker.

The 29-year-old appears set to become Unai Emery’s first signing at Villa Park with a £12million deal on the brink of completion, according to the Daily Mail.

The Villans will welcome the Whites to Villa Park on Friday 13 January to face Jesse Marsch’s side in the Premier League after both suffered disappointing results in the FA Cup against lower-league opposition.

“Alex Moreno set to become Emery’s first Aston Villa signing,” Duncker, a journalist for The Times said on her personal Twitter account. “Club looking to get it finalised quickly but not clear at this stage whether Friday’s game against Leeds will be too soon for him.”

The Whites currently sit 14th in the Premier League on 17 points, five behind their next opponents who are up in 11th having changed Steven Gerrard for Emery in November.

Hurry up Friday

For Marsch and the Leeds United squad, Friday can’t come soon enough as they want to right the wrongs of their 2-2 FA Cup draw away at Cardiff City.

There could be an element of friction at Villa Park too after Emery’s side threw away a 1-0 lead to get dumped out of the cup by League Two promotion-chasers Stevenage in stoppage time.

Moreno isn’t an impulse buy after that result as the move was well underway before then but the humiliation will have accelerated things considerably which is not good news for Leeds.

Luckily, the Whites’ squad is filled with talent in wide areas, all of whom can cause serious problems for any full-back on their day and Marsch will have to make some tough decisions when it comes to naming his team.

Wilfried Gnonto is getting better with every game, as is Crysencio Summerville, while Jack Harrison offers great experience and a match mind.

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