Sky: Aston Villa in advanced talks to land ex-Everton man months after he rejected club
By Harvey Byrne
Steve Round is in advanced talks to become Aston Villa’s technical director just months after rejecting a role at the club, according to a report.
Sky Sports have claimed on their website that the former Manchester United and Everton assistant manager is in negotiations to move to Villa Park although a deal has not yet been signed.
It is said Round was offered a role on the coaching staff of ex-Villa manager Remi Garde at the end of last year but turned it down because he felt it was too junior.
The 45-year-old will be charged with overseeing the club’s recruitment and overseeing their transfer dealings.
Round was in the stands as Villa beat Rotherham 3-0 on Saturday and is set to be appointed to the new role this week.
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The experienced coach was David Moyes’ assistant at Everton and followed the Scotsman to Manchester United.
It is believed that Roberto Di Matteo will still have a final say on transfers at Villa, and that the Italian has given his blessing to the appointment of Round.
Villa chief executive Keith Wyness has previously worked with Round at Everton.
Paddy Riley is the current head of recruitment, but he was heavily criticised for his involvement in the club’s woeful summer signings for the 2015-16 Premier League season which led to their relegation.
In other Aston Villa transfer news, Villa are poised to complete the signing of Mile Jedinak from Crystal Palace in the next 48 hours.