Mixed news for Villa
Bennett in talks but Stephens bid rejected
By Graeme Bailey - Tweet me: @skygraemebailey. Last Updated: August 29, 2012 4:59pm
Joe Bennett: Having talks with Villa
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.