First Villa Signing Of The Summer?
Aston Villa's manager Martin O'Neill is apparently close to signing Celtic midfielder Stilian Petrov.
Petrov has been linked since O'Neill took the helm at Villa Park and didn't even make the bench for the game against Chelsea last night fuelling the speculation that his departure was imminent.
The player is rated, according a report in the Mercury online by Graham Hill, at around £5million. Fulham's Steed Malbranque is also mentioned.
Strachan is quoted as saying 'I can say that no-one will be leaving before we have got players in' but wouldn't be drawn on the links to Villa for Petrov.
The report also says David O'Leary's assistant manager Roy Aitken and fitness coach Steve McGregor have parted company with Villa and goalkeeping coach Eric Steele, currently on tour with the squad, will also leave.