By Danny Wright
Aston Villa are on the verge of signing experienced midfielder Glenn Whelan from Stoke, according to a report.
Sky Sports claims in their live transfer blog on Wednesday [10:41pm] that the 33-year-old is “close to completing” his switch to Villa Park in a deal worth £1.5million.
The Mirror has previously reported that Steve Bruce is planning to use Whelan as one of the key players in his squad as they mount a promotion challenge next season, but were also facing competition from Derby as they look to replace Will Hughes.
Premier League midfielder Whelan has been on the books at Stoke for the last nine years following spells with Manchester City and Sheffield Wednesday.
He has played over 300 times for the Potters since his 2008 switch from Hillsborough and has been a major part in helping them become an established top-flight side.
Despite being aged 33, he was still a big part of Mark Hughes’ first-team plans last season, making 31 appearances across all competitions.
Football Insider Verdict
Villa now look like they might have a bit of funds to play with following the expected sale of Jordan Veretout. Bruce hasn’t been able to spend a lot of money so far, but that trend appears to be continuing with Whelan. £1.5million doesn’t seem like a lot, but the Irishman will probably only be playing for Villa for the one season, so it could turn out to be a bit of a risky buy. However should Whelan earn a solid starting place in Bruce’s plans, he will bring a lot to the table. The main thing he can bring to the Villains is experience; he has been playing top-flight football consistently for almost a decade and has also secured promotion from the Championship in his first season at Stoke. Bruce will certainly be hoping for history to repeat itself.