According to RMC (via GFFN), Aston Villa were willing to give Angers midfielder Baptiste Santamaria times four of his current wages before a move fell through.
The Villa Park outfit moved concretely in recent hours, tabling a £9 million bid that included bonuses.
However, the Ligue 1 outfit rejected it, holding out for more and prompting Dean Smith’s side to seal a move for Club Brugge’s Marvelous Nakamba instead.
Nevertheless, Santamaria would still like to leave Angers before the summer transfer closes if possible, but a move to Villa is apparently off the cards.
Nakamba completed a move to the newly-promoted side yesterday, becoming their 11th signing of the summer.
Manchester City’s Douglas Luiz has also been secured, and with the Midlands outfit fully stocked in the middle of the park, it doesn’t seem like Smith still has a need for midfield additions.
The 6ft Santamaria brings a lot of quality to the table, though and also was a subject of a bid from Lille.