Aston Villa have agreed a £5.5million deal for Chelsea midfielder Steve Sidwell.
The former Reading star only moved to Stamford Bridge last summer on a free transfer, but he was unable to force a regular place in Chelsea's first XI.
And after only seven Premier League starts for the Blues, Sidwell has been offered a move to Villa Park.
Villa boss Martin O'Neill is keen to bolster his small squad as he attempts to build a side capable of a top-six Premier League finish next season.
But, Sidwell, 25, could also be viewed as a possible replacement for Villa captain Gareth Barry, who is a transfer target of Liverpool.