By Will Butcher

Aston Villa are discussing a possible move for stalwart Gabby Agbonlahor in an attempt to remove his £4million contract from the wage bill, according to a report.

The 29-year-old has scored 84 goals for Villa since his debut in March 2006 against Everton, but is not a part of Roberto Di Matteo’s future plans.

Agbonlahor has two years remaining on his contract but it is understood teams from the MLS are considering offering him an escape route.

The Telegraph claims that Villa chiefs are set to enter talks with the striker, and Villa’s number 11 could make a move to an expansion team in the States in the January transfer window.

The highly-criticised striker has made 370 appearances for his boyhood club, but last season Agbonlahor played in just 18 encounters for his side in all competitions. He scored just one goal as his side were relegated to the Championship.

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Agbonlahor has fallen down the pecking order at Villa Park following the signings of Jonathan Kodjia and Ross McCormack, with Rudy Gestede and Jordan Ayew also ahead of him.

In fact, while it is said he might play in the Premier League 2 game at Fulham on Monday night, he has been effectively frozen out of the senior team.

In other Aston Villa news, Ian Holloway has predicted a seven-goal thriller as Di Matteo prepares his side to face Nottingham Forest.