Derby County and Stoke City are just two of the clubs reportedly keen on the freed Aston Villa midfielder.

Birkir Bjarnason is at the centre of a three-way tug-of-war, involving Derby County and Stoke City, after leaving Aston Villa, according to The Sunday People (September 29, page 53).

Aston Villa allowed Bjarnason – a semi-regular during last season’s promotion-winning campaign – to terminate his contract ahead of the August transfer deadline, enabling him to sign for another club outside of the window.

As well as Derby and Stoke, the Iceland international is said to have interest from Nuremberg in the German Bundesliga.

But it is claimed that he is waiting for Stoke’s managerial situation to reach a conclusion before he commits to his next move.

The Potters boss Nathan Jones is under fire after winning just four of his 32 games in charge of the Championship’s bottom club.

Joining either Stoke or Derby would ensure minimal upheaval after Bjarnason’s time at nearby Aston Villa, although the chance to play top-flight football with Nuremberg may appeal.

Derby’s need for an attacking midfielder could be enhanced by the suspension – or worse – that is likely to await Tom Lawrence after events this week.

Would the former Aston Villa man be a good addition for Derby or Stoke?

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