By Amir Mir
Mile Jedinak has dropped a strong hint that he has played his last Crystal Palace match by throwing his shirt to the home fans after their 1-0 defeat against West Brom on Saturday afternoon.
The long-serving Palace player has been widely reported to be a target for Aston Villa, who have made it clear they are in the market for a new central midfielder.
Responding to a question on Twitter on Saturday about Villa’s midfielder search, club owner Tony Xia revealed on his personal Twitter account that an unnamed player was “knocking on the door” and a deal had been “settled”.
He is knocking out of the door,with all deals settled! https://t.co/waWhbGuhvK
— Dr. Tony Xia (@Dr_TonyXia) August 13, 2016
TalkSport reporter Callum Williams last week stated that Villa had tabled a bid for combative Premier League midfielder Jedinak.
The 32-year-old was selected by Palace manager Alan Pardew to play the full 90 minutes against Tony Pulis’ side.
He produced a solid display against the Baggies, despite his side losing to a Salomon Rondon header later in the second-half.
Australian Jedinak provided his side with strength in midfield as he won numerous battles with Albion midfielder Claudio Yacob.
As the Palace fans chanted his name, Jedinak threw his shirt into the crowd in the immediate aftermath of the Selhurst Park clash, which was interpreted by many observers as a farewell sign.
A sign that he may be coming to the Villa? Jedinak throws his shirt into palace faithful post game v WBA pic.twitter.com/pcLTs6tNGz
— Up The Villa (@homeofthevilla) August 14, 2016
Sky Sports reported on their website from Roberto Di Matteo’s press-conference prior to his side’s 3-0 home win against Rotherham, where he confirmed that he is interested in bringing Jedinak to Villa Park.
Jedinak moved to Palace 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, a Serie A midfielder has made an emphatic decision on a £14.5 million move.