Report: Shamrock Rovers hold talks about signing Aston Villa's Kevin Toner

A general view of the ground prior to the Sky Bet Championship match between Aston Villa and Cardiff City at Villa Park on November 26, 2016 in Birmingham, England.

It is 18 months since the Stevenage loanee's last Aston Villa appearance.

Kevin Toner of Stevenage (2R) is shown a red card during the Sky Bet League Two match between Yeovil Town and Stevenage Borough at Huish Park on October 28, 2017 in Yeovil, England.

Shamrock Rovers have held talks over the transfer of Aston Villa defender Kevin Toner, according to the Irish Sun.

Toner is currently on a season-long loan to Stevenage, but has only appeared once in the league since mid-September and could have his agreement terminated earlier if agreed by all parties.

The 21-year-old's Aston Villa contract expires next summer, which suggests a cut-price deal could be available to Shamrock in January.

Arsenal's French striker Olivier Giroud (R) shoots past Aston Villa's defender Kevin Toner to score his team's second goal during the English Premier League football match between Arsenal...

It is claimed that Toner previously agreed a temporary move to Tallaght in 2016, but the paperwork was not completed in time.

His Aston Villa career was then briefly revived after Remi Garde's sacking, but it is now 18 months since his last Villans appearance.

A general view of the Tallaght Stadium on December 15, 2011 in Dublin, Ireland.

Toner is said to earn well in excess of what he could expect at Shamrock. Nevertheless, it is claimed that manager Stephen Bradley will try to convince him that a return to his native Ireland could be the perfect springboard - as it has proved for Toner's old teammate Graham Burke.

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