By Harry Sykes
Aston Villa are preparing to sell Gabriel Agbonlahor this summer, according to a report.
The Telegraph claim Villa will offload the former England international this summer as the club prepare for the Championship.
The Midlands club are said to be keen to shift Agbonlahor’s £54,000-a-week salary off the wage bill. He has two years remaining on his contract.
Agbonlahor was omitted from the team that faced Chelsea last weekend and is not expected to figure much for the remainder of what has been a wretched season.
The 29-year-old forward has scored just one goal this season for his boyhood club and his performances have drawn criticism from supporters.
According to the Telegraph, Agbonlahor will take a reduction in salary when Villa drop into the Championship, yet he will remain one of the top earners in the squad and a parting of the ways seems increasingly inevitable.
This would bring to an end his 10-year senior career at Villa as the club prepare for a extensive clear-out this summer.
Agbonlahor was reportedly told to find a new club by former manager Remi Garde in the January transfer window but a move failed to materialise. Garde was then forced to reintegrate Agbonlahor back into his first-team plans after he failed to make a signing.
In other Aston Villa news, the team’s fate could be confirmed this weekend if they fail to take a point against Bournemouth and Norwich either draw or win at Crystal Palace.
The bottom club have lost seven games in a row and are 15 points from safety with six league games left.