Aston Villa emerge as second favourites to sign John Terry after takeover

A general view of Villa Park ahead of the Sky Bet Championship match between Aston Villa and Reading at Villa Park on April 15, 2017 in Birmingham, England.

Terry left Aston Villa at the end of last season.

A general view of Villa Park ahead of the Sky Bet Championship match between Aston Villa and Reading at Villa Park on April 15, 2017 in Birmingham, England.

Aston Villa have emerged as joint-second favourites to sign John Terry with Sky Bet.

Terry left Villa at the end of last season, with the Midlands club unable to offer an extension to his initial one-year deal.

But despite rumours the 37-year-old could retire to pursue a career in either coaching or punditry, a market remains on his next playing club.

Derby County, whose new manager is Terry's close friend and former Chelsea teammate Frank Lampard, have long led the betting and remain evens favourites, with Celtic recently appearing behind the Rams at 5/1.

But both Celtic and Aston Villa, who had fallen out of the running, are now 6/1 to become Terry's next club.

John Terry of Aston Villa shows appreciation to the fans following the Sky Bet Championship Play Off Final between Aston Villa and  Fulham at Wembley Stadium on May 26, 2018 in London,...

The development comes just days after the Egyptian billionaire Nassef Sawiris bought a controlling stake in the Villans, who reports claimed were facing a financial crisis if not.

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