Sheffield Wednesday are preparing a shock move for Aston Villa defender Alan Hutton, with talks to be held with the 32-year-old on Tuesday, according to The Sun (print edition, p51).
The defender signed a contract extension last term that keeps him tied down with Villa until the end of this season, but Steve Bruce is reportedly willing to listen to offers for the Scottish international, with replacements already being lined up for the right back.
Since joining the Championship club in 2011 from Premier League giants Spurs, Hutton has made 123 appearances across all competitions, as well as spending 3 spells out on loan at Mallorca, Bolton Wanderers and Nottingham Forest respectively.
Now Sheffield Wednesday manager Carlos Carvalhal wants to snap up the 32-year-old defender, who would be available for a minimal fee from The Villains. The Owls added former Burnley midfielder George Boyd to their ranks on Monday, and are keen to wrap up their next transfer target early on.
Hutton’s experience would be hugely valuable for Carvalhal’s men, who are looking to make it third time lucky following defeat in the Play-Offs in both of the two previous seasons to Hull City and Huddersfield Town respectively, both of whom went on to gain promotion.
Villa are making statements themselves, having brought in England and Chelsea legend John Terry on a bumper contract with the deal being confirmed on Monday, and are now favourites to win the league next season.
It’s expected Villa will put up little fight to keep hold of the Scot, and talks are set to be held later today.