£35,000-a-week Aston Villa midfielder heading to Premier League club - report
By Harry Sykes
Aston Villa are ready to sell midfielder Ashley Westwood to Burnley as they plot to sign Mile Jedinak from Crystal Palace.
The Sun claim the Midlands giants are set for a major overhaul after losing their opening two matches of the season.
It is said centre-back Chester will join for around £6million from West Brom, right-back De Laet will transfer for £2.5million from Leicester and midfielder Jedinak is on the verge of a switch from Crystal Palace.
The Mirror now report that Villa will fund the arrival of Australia international Jedinak by offloading Westwood to long-term suitors Burnley.
Midlands newspaper The Express and Star claim the former Crewe man is currently earning in the region of £35,000-a-week at Villa Park.
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Roberto Di Matteo called for new signings to strengthen the squad in the wake of Villa’s 3-1 defeat to Luton on Wednesday and the outspoken club owner Xia could not hide his anger following the performance from the recently relegated side.
The Chinese tycoon hinted at a fire sale as he claimed “some players are not worth being given chance” on his personal Twitter account.
Burnley made an immediate return to the Premier League in the recently completed season as they topped the Championship after suffering relegation in the 2014-15 season.
They are now looking for experienced top flight players so that they don’t suffer the same fate as they did a year a go.
Westwood joined Villa in a £2million move from Crew in 2013 and signed a new five-year-deal last August.
During the 2015-16 season the combative midfielder starred in 37 fixtures across all competitions, but he was unable to help the Villains fight off relegation.
In other Aston Villa transfer news, Xia has intervened to prevent an emerging player from the club joining a rival after he had undergone a medical.