Roberto Di Matteo addresses reports linking Aston Villa with Crystal Palace midfielder Mile Jedinak

Crystal Palace's Mile Jedinak at the end

The 32-year-old Australian is expected to leave the Eagles this summer after losing the club captaincy and his place in the starting XI.

Crystal Palace's Mile Jedinak at the end

Aston Villa manager Roberto Di Matteo has confirmed to the Birmingham Mail that he has looked at the possibility of signing reported midfield target Mile Jedinak from Crystal Palace.

Villa have regularly been linked with a move for Jedinak over recent days after reports emerged that the Australia international has been deemed surplus to requirements at Selhurst Park since being told he would not continue as club captain into a fifth season [h/t The Mirror].

Di Matteo is keen to strengthen his squad in the centre of the park following the recent departures of Idrissa Gana to Everton and Carlos Sanchez to Fiorentina, and the Socceroos skipper is currently one of a number of potentially available players he has his eye on.

Asked about Jedinak at his pre-match press conference ahead of this afternoon’s first home game of the season against Rotherham United, the Italian told the Birmingham Mail: “He’s not the only player linked with us but he’s certainly a player that I looked at and I think he is a good player.

“He’s got very good attributes that I like. Not just for this division but in general.”

Australia's Mile Jedinak (R)

Jedinak, 32, has made 178 total appearances for Palace since joining the club from Turkish side Gençlerbirliği in the summer of 2011, recording 10 goals and 10 assists in the process.

The two-time World Cup veteran, who has less than 12 months left on his contract, also helped the Eagles secure promotion to the Premier League in 2013 in his first season as skipper and went on to feature in all 38 of their top-flight games over the following campaign.

Manchester United's Marouane Fellaini in action with Crystal Palace's Mile Jedinak

However, he only made 16 starts in 27 league matches last term after falling behind Yohan Cabaye, Joe Ledley and James McArthur in the midfield pecking and, despite recently expressing his desire to stay at the club, is widely expected to move on in the near future.

It currently remains unclear how much Villa would have to pay to lure him to B6, but with his gritty playing style, leadership and prior success in the second tier, there are certainly plenty of reasons to believe that the 64-times capped Aussie could prove an inspired signing for Di Matteo’s men.

Crystal Palace's Mile Jedinak celebrates after the match

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