By Football Italian staff Aston Villa have not been in the headlines recently due to the team’s failure to qualify for the Champions League, but the club has been in talks with the former Chelsea striker over a potential move.
Aston are still waiting for a medical to take place on the deal but sources close to the situation have told The Associated Press that the two sides are close to a deal.
The 26-year-old is expected to leave Villa Park in January but his current contract expires in June.
A spokesperson for the club declined to comment.
Shaqirian is set to make a £5 million fee, but he is believed to want to stay in Europe, and Villa are not prepared to pay such a high fee to secure his services.