A select round-up of the latest news relating to Aston Villa…
According to the BBC, the Villans had a £12million accepted earlier in the day, and now only the formalities need to be processed before an exciting deal is concluded for Roberto Di Matteo’s side.
The centre-back’s future has been speculated about for some time now so it is no real surprise to see him move on, although it is a shock that Villa have opted to strengthen a direct rival for promotion.
But with the Hull midfielder already completing a medical at St James’ Park it was always going to be a long shot.
The Northern Ireland international broke through at Old Trafford under former boss Louis van Gaal but he appears to be surplus to requirements – at least in the short term – now Jose Mourinho is in charge.