Hearts goalkeeper Marián Kello is on the verge of signing a pre-contract agreement with Aston Villa according to STV.
The Slovakian goalkeeper is no longer wanted at the Scottish club after falling out with the manager over a January move to Austria Vienna.
He is 29 years old and there are rumours that Everton, Nottingham Forest and Bristol City were also interested, but Villa are the most likely destination.
He was regarded as the number 1 goalkeeper at Hearts before the falling out incident having made 86 appearances in 4 seasons at the Edinburgh club.
The player did state, back in February, that he wanted to work things out and sign a new deal at Hearts but the club seem to be taking a similar approach as Villa are by slashing their own wage bill.
Kello is said to be on around £2,000 a week, which is an estimated £18,000 less than Villas current number 2, Bradley Guzan ,who looks almost certain to leave Villa Park on a bosman free in the summer.
I can’t say I know much about the player but we are lucky enough to have a few members on our forum who follow the Scottish Premier League and a supporter of Rangers described Kello as a ‘really good keeper’ and a ‘great buy on a free’.