By Amir Mir

Aston Villa’s takeover by Tony Xia has taken a step closer, according to a report.

The Birmingham Mail have cited Companies House, which shows the West Midlands club takeover edging closer afters the new owners formed a holding company.

The document cited by the Birmingham Mail shows that Keith Wyness has been employed as a director, alongside Christopher Samuelson and hopeful new owner Tony Xia.

Previous chief executives by Tom Fox and Paul Faulkner were widely criticised for their lack of experience before being appointed to the post but Wyness brings in much-needed knowledge and experience.

The Scottish businessman spent close to a decade as chief executive in the top tier of Scottish and English football at Aberdeen and Everton, respectively.

As a result, he holds one of the key roles as the former European Cup winners attempt to win instant promotion to the top flight of English football.

It is said that Recon Sports LTD will likely serve as a parent firm to Aston Villa when the takeover is completed.

Chinese Businessman Xia is currently awaiting approval of his takeover of the Championship club by the Premier League and the Football League.

The Birmingham Mail report that a decision will be made later this month.

In other Aston Villa news, Chelsea striker targeted by Di Matteo in £10m swoop.