Reports: Mile Jedinak set to leave Crystal Palace, club expect Aston Villa switch this week

Crystal Palace's Mile Jedinak at the end

Aston Villa are reportedly set to sign Crystal Palace midfielder Mile Jedinak.

Australia's Mile Jedinak (R)Australia's Mile Jedinak

According to The Mirror, Mile Jedinak is set to leave Crystal Palace in order to sign for Aston Villa, with The Guardian reporting that the Eagles expect the midfielder's move to be completed this week.

Jedinak, 32, has been a regular for the Eagles ever since signing from Turkish side Genclerbirligi in the summer of 2011, and he's certainly become a fan favourite during his five-year stint at Selhurst Park.

Crystal Palace's Mile Jedinak at the endCrystal Palace's Mile Jedinak celebrates

The defensive midfielder has racked up more than 175 appearances in all competitions for Palace, and has been the heartbeat of the club's midfield as the club's captain.

However, Jedinak has now been stripped of the captaincy in favour of Scott Dann, and whilst the Australian played 90 minutes of Palace's 1-0 home defeat to West Bromwich Albion on Saturday, speculation continues to surround Jedinak's future.

Crystal Palace's Mile Jedinak celebrates after the matchCrystal Palace's Mile Jedinak celebrates

Now, The Guardian and The Mirror report that Jedinak is in fact set to leave Palace, and Saturday's appearance seems to have been little more than a send-off as he is allegedly set to join Championship side Aston Villa this week.

Villa have seen Idrissa Gueye leave the club for Everton already this summer, and whilst Aaron Tshibola has arrived in a big-money deal from Reading, manager Roberto Di Matteo may want some more experience in midfield.

Crystal Palace's Mile Jedinak celebrates with Jonny Williams after scoring their third goalCrystal Palace's Mile Jedinak celebrates with Jonny Williams

A wily veteran who can shield the back four, Jedinak would be a valuable addition to the Villa side, whilst allowing Tshibola time to develop rather than being thrown into action on a weekly basis.

The move appears to be in its final stages, with Villa chairman Tony Xia hinting at a deal on Twitter earlier today – and much like the move to sign Ross McCormack earlier this month, this would be a major coup for Villa.

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