Irish midfielder Jake Doyle-Hayes is set to sign with Dundee United as head coach Thomas Courts looks to sign the Aston Villa academy product (DR).

Courts is set to secure his second signing of the summer this week and the former Aston Villa midfielder will likely sign in the next 48 hours. Doyle-Hayes has already held positive talks and been given a tour of United’s facilities.

Jake Doyle-Hayes is to become an Arab.

Jake Doyle-Hayes is to become an Arab. (Photo by Alan Harvey/SNS Group via Getty Images)

United head coach Courts said of Doyle-Hayes earlier this month: “Jake is someone who was part of the opposition and future recruitment work we did. We highly recommended Jake to the club. I think he fits the profile of the type of player we like at the club. He is on an upward trajectory and he is highly ambitious.”

Doyle Hayes had options to return to England – where he progressed through the academy at Aston Villa – but he will likely remain in the SPFL. He spent last season with Jim Goodwin’s St Mirren and they had hoped to extend his contract, but they have been unsuccessful in doing so.

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