Joleon Lescott is believed to be following fellow centre-back Ciaran Clark out of Villa Park.
Akin to his former Irish teammate, he too is making the switch to a fellow Championship side; in Lescott’s case, to Elland Road and Leeds United according to a report in the Telegraph.
The 33-year-old former England international had a year to forget as he became a focus for criticism, as Villa’s lengthy tenure in the top tier of English football came to an embarrassing denouement.
Garry Monk had something of a season to forget himself last season, seeing his own star plummet in rather dramatic fashion as Swansea manager. His own fresh start, as the seventh Leeds manager since Massimo Cellino took over the West Yorkshire club in January 2014, looks set to give Lescott an offer of redemption.
It is understood Roberto Di Matteo is happy for the West Bromwich Albion player to move on once there is interest.
The news may well come as something as a boost to Leeds fans after Charlie Taylor, the club’s left-back, handed in a transfer request this week. Having not signed a new contract in July, clubs of the ilk of Burnley and Middlesborough are believed to be interested in the players signature and services. The transfer request was rejected, but his future does appear to be away from the club.
Leeds have, however, secured the services of former Valencia and Swansea attacker Pablo Hernandez. Hernandez, also a former Spanish international, joins from Qatar side Al-Arabi SC. He did, however, spend last season on loan at Rayo Vallecano.
While the Championship kicks off on Friday evening, Leeds must wait until Sunday at noon to get their new campaign off to a start when they travel to meet Jimmy Floyd Hasselbaink’s QPR side.
Aston Villa play later that afternoon at Hillsborough against a Sheffield Wednesday side who will be looking to build on the disappointment of their play-off final final defeat to Hull City in May.