Ajax set to sign Villa reject

23 July 2011 12:25
Ajax coach Frank de Boer says former Aston Villa midfielder Harry Forrester is close to signing a deal with the Dutch champions.[LNB] The 20-year-old was released by Villa in May after his contract expired having joined the Midlands club from Watford as a youth player in 2007. [LNB]Forrester, capped at England Under-17 level, did not make a senior appearance for Villa but was a regular performer for their Academy and reserve sides. [LNB]He also spent part of last season on loan at Scottish Premier League club Kilmarnock, notching up seven appearances. [LNB]The attacking midfielder is currently undergoing a trial period with the Eredivisie giants in hope of earning a contract. [LNB]And De Boer is hopeful of bringing the youngster to the Amsterdam Arena on a permanent basis after witnessing him in action for Villa reserves last year. [LNB]He told De Telegraaf: "He is close to a deal.[LNB]"He's a good player. But it's not only about the two per cent of the time you have got the ball during a game. The 98% you don't have the ball is more important. And I think he has to develop that side of the game. [LNB]"Harry will go with Jong Ajax (Ajax's reserve squad) to a training camp in (Dutch region) Zeeland. After that we will make a decision. But it surely looks good."

Source: Team_Talk