John Terry is reportedly giving serious consideration to a move to Aston Villa after holding informal talks with Steve Bruce over the weekend.
The veteran defender, 36, is a free agent after ending his 22-year career with Chelsea at the end of the season, and is not short of offers, despite his enhancing years.
Bournemouth and Stoke have both met with Terry’s representatives to offer the player the chance to extend his Premier League career, while clubs from China and the United States are also known to have made big-money efforts to sign him.
However, they could yet all be trumped by Villa, with Terry meeting with Villa boss Steve Bruce and discussed the possibility of him signing for the club over a round of golf in the Algarve.
And Sky Sports say the player is giving serious thoughts to signing for the club and helping the club mount a serious push back to the Premier League.
Wages are unlikely to be a huge problem for Villa, who are still benefiting from their parachute payments from relegation in 2016, while the club also have a wealthy benefactor in Chinese businessman Tony Xia.
Ultimately, the move may come down to whether Terry fancies playing outside the top flight, though the player has made it clear he intended to carry on playing after leaving the Blues.
Terry said after the final Premier League game of the season against Sunderland: “Every ex-player says the same – play as long as you can and treasure every minute. I want to play.
“It’s the reason why I decided to call it a day at Chelsea. I want to play, whether that’s for one more year or two.”