Confirmed: Reported Aston Villa target Dimitar Berbatov signs with PAOK

Dimitar Berbatov

PAOK have completed a deal to sign Dimitar Berbatov, who was in talks with Aston Villa.

As confirmed by the official PAOK website, Dimitar Berbatov has signed with the Greek SuperLeague club until the end of the 2015/16 campaign.

This move comes about one day after the close of the English transfer window, when Berbatov, 34, was said to be close to making a return to the Premier League.

The Daily Mail reported yesterday that Aston Villa boss Tim Sherwood was holding talks with the Bulgarian international, and was keen to bring him in as extra striker cover.

The former Spurs and Manchester United star was in the Midlands, although it is stated that Sherwood was not rushing to get a deal completed yesterday as Berbatov did not have to officially sign before the transfer window closed.

He was a free agent, meaning Villa could have signed him whenever they wanted, and the report claims that Villa were holding off confirming a deal as they were looking at other targets first.

Berbatov was a back-up option to be considered later this week, but now the Birmingham-based club have missed out on the chance to sign the classy forward as he has decided to switch to PAOK instead.

There are as yet no indications that Villa are looking at any other strikers to sign on a free transfer having missed out on Berbatov.

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