Report: Birkir Bjarnason at centre of three-way tug-of-war, involving Derby and Stoke, after leaving Aston Villa

General view of Villa Park before the Sky Bet Championship match between Aston Villa and Queens Park Rangers at Villa Park on March 13, 2018 in Birmingham, England.

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

Birkir Bjarnason of Aston Villa in action during a training session at the club's training ground at Bodymoor Heath on April 02, 2019 in Birmingham, England.

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.

Stoke City manager Nathan Jones  during the Sky Bet Championship match between Stoke City and Leeds United at Bet365 Stadium on August 24, 2019 in Stoke on Trent, England.

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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