Aston Villa left-back Antonio Luna is set to switch his season-long loan stint from Hellas Verona to fellow Italian side Spezia Calcio, according to Gianluca Di Marzio.
Luna, 23, joined Villa from Sevilla in June 2013 for around £1.5 million and started life in the West Midlands with a bang, netting on his Premier League debut in a shock 3-1 win at Arsenal.
The Spaniard would go on to make 17 further appearances for the club but, after suffering through a patch of bad form, found himself dropped from the squad in mid-January, and didn't feature again for the rest of the campaign.
Sent out on a season-long loan to Verona in the summer, he has not seen a minute of action since, and Tuttomercatoweb.com reported earlier this month that the Serie A club were preparing to cut his spell short.
Instead of returning to Villa, however, Luna looks set to drop down a division to spend the second half of the season with Spezia, who are sitting in fourth in the table and bidding to win promotion to the top-flight.
La Liga side Elche and Croatian outfit Dinamo Zagreb were also said to be interested in his signature, per TMW, but neither club came up with a concrete approach in the end.
Having failed to see first-team action since the start of 2014, it’s paramount that Luna gets some regular minutes in Serie B over the coming months, assuming the deal goes through, but where his career goes from there remains to be seen.
With his Villa contract lasting another 18 months, the out-of-favour defender could still get a second chance under manager Paul Lambert, considering his age and potential, but the fact his loan stint has so far been such a failure is far from encouraging.