Aston Villa are on the verge of taking in poor Chelsea reject Steve Sidwell. Having proved all the doubters right, sitting on the Stamford Bridge bench all season, the ginger dynamo is finally making moves towards trying to be a footballer once again, a la Scott Parker.
Villa have apparently had an offer of £4.5m accepted by Chelsea (a snip for an English player these days), and the move could go through next week.
The deal wouldn’t be bad news for Villa fans, except it does seem like Sidwell could be a replacement for Anfield-bound captain Gareth Barry.
Could O’Neill simply be trying to keep the balance in the midfield as he resigns himself to losing Barry?