By Amir Mir
Basel midfielder Birkir Bjarnason has completed a medical at Aston Villa, according to a reliable journalist.
Sky Sports News reporter Rob Dorsett has claimed on his personal Twitter account that the 29-year-old is to complete his move to the Midlands on Wednesday after agreeing terms.
The Championship outfit have already announced the signing of Barnsley right-back James Bree, who put pen to paper on a four-and-a-half-year contract on Wednesday morning.
#avfc expect to sign Icelandic international midfielder Birkir Bjarnason later today. Sky Sources: medical and personal terms done.
— Rob Dorsett (@RobDorsettSky) January 25, 2017
Iceland international Bjarnason has scored four goals for his current team this season, including making five appearances in the Champions League.
He could now swap the elite of Europe for a chance to help Villa earn instant promotion to the Premier League.
This would see the club’s transfer blitz continue this month as they have already signed Henri Lansbury, on loan Manchester United keeper Sam Johnston and Bree during this window.
Bruce’s side are currently nine points off their minimum target, mainly down to the lack of threat in the final third during the first half of the Championship season.
Football Insider verdict:
The Icelandic international is a bit of an unknown quantity, but supporters will have to trust the judgement of the club. At, 29, it is a risky signing, especially considering, Bjarnason has no experience in English football. Bruce’s task is to guide the club to promotion and in truth, he needed as much Championship experience as he could acquire. He does not have that in Bjarnason, but what he does have is a player who has a wealth of experience on the international stage. The versatile midfielder was part of Iceland’s epic journey of Euro 2016 that saw them knock England out of the competition. Additionally, his experience in Europe will also count as it shows, he can compete with the elite.
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