By Harvey Byrne
Jordan Lyden has welcomed the expected arrival of fellow countryman Mile Jedinak to Aston Villa.
BBC Midlands reporter Pat Murphy revealed on his personal Twitter account that the midfielder was undergoing a medical on Monday ahead of a switch from Crystal Palace.
Lyden and Jedinak met briefly at the club’s Bodymoor Heath training ground as the defensive midfielder underwent his medical prior to Lyden skippering Villa’s Under-21s in his first game of the season after an injury lay-off.
The 20-year-old youngster, who made six appearances for the senior side last season, including four in the Premier League is excited by the prospect of the fellow Australian.
“We had a chat and Mile seems like a terrific guy and to have a player of his calibre and quality is a massive boost for us, because the aim is to go straight back up and he can certainly help us do that,” said Lyden to Australian sports website The World Game.
“He’s a leader, as you saw during all those years at Crystal Palace when he captained the side, and he is so strong and dominant in midfield that I am sure he’ll do a great job for us if it all goes through.
“If I am lucky enough to get to play alongside him, he’d be a fantastic player to learn off and observe because he’s got so much know-how and experience at the top level.”
Jedinak, 32, is set to drop down from the Premier League to the Championship after five successful years with Palace.
The midfielder moved to the London club in 2011 and has become a firm fans’ favourite for his committed displays in midfield.
Former Palace manager Dougie Freedman installed him as captain, and he helped guide the club back to the Premier League under Ian Holloway in 2012-13 when was named the club’s player of the season.
In other Aston Villa transfer news, Mark Warburton has flown to Manchester to hold face-to-face talks with Rangers target Joleon Lescott.