Mixed news for Villa

Bennett in talks but Stephens bid rejected

Joe Bennett: Having talks with Villa

Dale Stephens: Wanted by Aston Villa

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Sky Sports understands Aston Villa have agreed a fee for Middlesbrough's Joe Bennett, but Charlton have rejected their offer for Dale Stephens.

Sky Sports exclusively revealed on Tuesday that Villa had launched a bid for Bennett.

The player had been in two minds about the move, but he is understood to have travelled down to the Midlands to discuss terms with the Premier League club.

Boro are believed to have agreed a deal with Villa and have now left it to the 22-year-old left-back to decide whether he wants to finalise the deal.

Sky Sports has also learnt that Villa have seen a £1.5million bid for Charlton midfield ace Dale Stephens rejected.

A host of clubs including Newcastle, Everton and Sunderland are also believed to be keeping close tabs on the 22-year-old - who has impressed at The Valley since moving from Oldham last year.