Aston Villa close in on Danish duo

National team players Nicklas Helenius and Jores Okore are close to a move to the Premier League club

Premier League club Aston Villa announced yesterday that a deal for striker Nicklas Helenius (AaB) will be concluded within the next ten days and recent reports indicate that fellow Dane Jores Okore (FC Nordsjælland) is only a medical check away from following suit.

Helenius, 22, is set to join the Birmingham club for an undisclosed amount, while Okore, 20, will become FC Nordsjælland's most expensive transfer ever, with a reported price tag of over 20 million kroner.

Helenius had an impressive season for AaB this season scoring 16 league goals and finishing as the second highest scorer in the Superliga. Last year the striker got his debut for the national team and has since played two games.

Okore impressed while playing with FC Nordsjælland in the Champions League last season, where despite his young age showed composure against the likes of Chelsea and Juventus. The defender recently revealed that he was approached by Chelsea, but turned the club down out of fear of being relegated to the substitute bench. Okore has played seven games for the national team, the first being a friendly against Sweden in 2011.

Both transfers are set to go through within the next couple of weeks pending medicals.