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Aston Villa confirm Southampton defender Jan Bednarek’s season-long loan as the Polish international chooses to join Steven Gerrard despite interest from West Ham.
- Aston Villa confirmed defender Jan Bednarek’s contract for one season
- A poor start to the season has led Steven Gerrard to jump into the transfer market
- Diego Carlos tore his Achilles tendon in his second game for the club
- Bednarek has been with Southampton since 2017, but just wants football
Aston Villa have confirmed Southampton defender Jan Bednarek’s signing for a season.
Steven Gerrard was keen to expand his options as a central defender after new arrival Diego Carlos tore his Achilles tendon in his second game for the club against Everton.
Bednarek was also chased by West Ham but preferred a move to Villa Park.
Aston Villa reportedly beat West Ham in the signing of Jan Bednarek. from Southampton
David Moyes’ side has been keen to bring in the 26-year-old as they are going to lose Craig Dawson to Wolves.
Bednarek has been with Southampton since 2017, starting the Saints’ first two league games of the season, but was an unused substitute for the last three.
He has 42 caps for Poland and will want to play football regularly in the winter in the run-up to the World Cup.
He can add some much-needed reassurance to Villa – who has lost four and won just one of their first five Premier League games of the season and has yet to keep a clean sheet.
Villa’s bad start has left Steven Gerrard ducking in the market as he fights to save his job
A centre-back has been a priority since new arrival Diego Carlos tore his Achilles tendon
Villa managed most of their transfer business early on, adding Philippe Coutinho, Diego Carlos, Robin Olsen, Boubacar Kamara and Ludwig Augustinsson by mid-July.
But a worrisome start to the season has left Gerrard dodging the market as he fights to save his job. Tyrone Mings, Ezri Konsa and Calum Chambers are the only suitable centre-backs in the squad.
Southampton have already seen a defender leave on the day of the deadline, with Jack Stephens on loan at Bournemouth.
The Saints are pushing for the signing of Duje Caleta-Car, Marseille’s centre-back, who is also a target of Villa.