Aston Villa fans could see Ron Vlaar in claret and blue action for the first time tomorrow night should his move from Feyenoord go through, as expected, today.
The commanding defender was at Bodymoor Heath yesterday to finalise his switch from the Dutch giants and may even feature in the pre-season friendly with Peterborough if all the loose ends are tied up in time.
Over the weekend Vlaar said goodbye to those close to him at his former club before heading over to the Midlands to conclude the deal.
Although his move has not yet been announced, everything is running to plan and the Dutch international is expected to be confirmed as a Villa player at some point today.
Vlaar will become Paul Lambert’s third signing as he bids to bring the good times back to Villa Park.
One man who now looks to have played his last game for the club is James Collins.
West Ham are closing in on a deal to take him back to Upton Park meaning Vlaar will have a straightforward passage into the heart of the Villa defence.
Selling the Welshman will help balance the books and Lambert is still keen to carry on strengthening his squad before the start of the campaign.
Steven Fletcher is a man who interests Villa but a bid has not yet been lodged.
Fletcher has proved he can be a valuable asset in the Premier League and with Wolves’ relegation to the Championship a big bid may be too hard to turn down.
However, if Villa decide that the 25-year-old is the man they want to bolster their strikeforce they will have to act fast because Sunderland appear to be the favourites to land the in-demand Scot.
The Black Cats, managed by former Villa manager Martin O’Neill, are believed to have submitted a £10 million offer last week in a bid to prize him away from Molineux but Wolves are doing all they can to hold on to their top performers.
So far, Villa’s new arrivals this summer have helped maintain an unbeaten run in pre-season.
Karim El Ahmadi has made a particularly good impression following his £2.5 million move from Feyenoord and has been tipped for big things from fellow new-boy Brett Holman.
The Australian playmaker, previously of AZ Alkmaar, lined up against the Moroccan international during his time in Holland.
He remembers the problems he caused for opposing teams while plying his trade in Eredivisie and believes he has all the qualities to take the Premier League by storm.
“I’ve played against Karim quite a few times in Holland and you can see what sort of player he is if you study the footage. He stands out in the teams he’s played at,” said Holman.
“He played at FC Twente and also Feyenoord.
“When he was at Twente he was one of the up-and-coming midfield players who was very highly thought of and was tipped to make it big. He was the big talent.
“He’s progressed a lot as a player and at Feyenoord he matured as a player.
“He never loses the ball and has fantastic technique. He’s got a typical Dutch way of thinking and is forward looking.
“He’s going to be exciting and Villa are lucky to have him that’s for certain.”