By Tom Blackburn
Crystal Palace players have been angered by the demotion of Aston Villa-bound Miles Jedinak, according to a report.
Jedinak, 32, was stripped of the captaincy on the eve of the season by manager Alan Pardew, who opted to give the role to centre-half Scott Dann.
The Times claim that Pardew is now facing growing discontent within the Palace dressing room, with players not feeling that Jedinak’s treatment was justified.
Former Palace manager Dougie Freedman installed Jedinak as captain, and the Australian midfielder 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.
Following the captaincy snub Jedinak has been strongly linked with a switch to Aston Villa and it seems the deal is now on the verge of completion after eagle eyed fans snapped pictures of the 32-year-old entering the stadium on Tuesday evening ahead of the team’s 1-1 draw against Huddersfield.
— …† (@TheTomNash) August 16, 2016
Rumours of the move gathered pace when BBC Midlands reporter Pat Murphy revealed on his personal Twitter account that the midfielder was undergoing a medical on Monday.
Jedinak to @AVFCOfficial for £4m depending on today's medical & sorting out complex visa issues (an Aussie!). Hopefully all sorted tomorrow.
— Pat Murphy (@patmurphybbc) August 15, 2016
Villa owner Tony Xia revealed on his personal Twitter account that the club will announce a new signing after the Huddersfield match.
Jedinak, 32, is set to drop down from the Premier League to the Championship after five successful years with Palace.
The midfielder moved to the London club in 2011 and has become a firm fans’ favourite for his committed displays in midfield
Villa fans will be hoping the midfield anchor can provide the club with an elite mentality and aid their efforts to re-gain a place amongst England’s top-tier next season.
In other Aston Villa transfer news, the transfer of a £35,000-a-week Aston Villa midfielder moves step closer.