Belfast Telegraph

Vlaar on brink of Villa move

Aston Villa are poised to sign Dutch international defender Ron Vlaar after agreeing personal terms with the player, the club have confirmed.

Villa say that, subject to medical clearance, a deal will be concluded with Eredivisie runners-up Feyenoord for Vlaar next week.

The 27-year-old centre-half will undergo a medical next week in Birmingham before a potential three-year deal can be formalised.

Vlaar is primarily regarded as a centre-back and will provide competition for James Collins - reported to be a target for his previous club West Ham - and Richard Dunne.

He made his breakthrough at senior level in Holland with AZ Alkmaar before moving to Feyenoord in 2006.

Vlaar has formed a solid partnership with Brazilian defender Andre Bahia in recent seasons.

He helped Feyenoord to qualify for next season's Champions League after they finished runners-up in Eredivisie for the 2011-2012 campaign.

New Villa boss Paul Lambert has already recruited right-back Matthew Lowton from Sheffield United as he looks to bolster his defensive options for the new campaign.


From Belfast Telegraph