The Express reported that the Bulgarian hitman is on the verge of a comeback to England, having been targeted by Tim Sherwood as the man to lead the Villains’ offensive line over the coming campaign.
According to the tabloid, a source close to Stiliyan Petrov, Berbatov’s compatriot and a former Villa skipper, has revealed that the veteran midfielder has backed his former national teammate to succeed in Birmingham.
“Stiliyan knows him very well. He knows that Berbatov is still a top-class striker and he believes he can be the right man for Villa.”
Free agent Berbatov would arrive, ostensibly, as a replacement for Christian Benteke, who left Villa Park last week when he completed a £32.5 million deal to move to Liverpool [Mirror].
Despite his injury concerns, the Belgian striker was a powerful and menacing presence for the Midlanders, and will be sorely missed.
The Express’ source believes that Berbatov can help Villa overcome the loss of 24-year-old Benteke.
“They need a top striker now because they sold Christian Benteke to Liverpool,” the source continued.
“You don’t have many strikers with experience in the Premier League available at the moment.
“I know Dimitar has offers from Germany [Werder Bremen] and Turkey but his desire is to play in England once again. His family also prefers England and this could be his last chance to play there.”
Should Berbatov move to Villa, he would join the likes of Micah Ricards, Jordan Amavi, Idrissa Gueye and Jordan Ayew, all of whom have been recruited by Tim Sherwood over the last few weeks and months.
The Bulgarian forward—who bagged seven goals in 26 Ligue 1 outings at AS Monaco last term—has previously enjoyed success in the Premier League.
He starred for Tottenham Hotspur for two glittering seasons, before moving to Manchester United in 2008.
He became a two-time Premier League champion at Old Trafford, winning the English title in 2009 and 2011, while he also lifted the Club World Cup with the Red Devils in 2008.