Former Manchester United and Everton boss David Moyes is in talks with Aston Villa about taking over as manager.
Moyes has been out of a job since being sacked by Real Sociedad and hasn’t worked in England since parting company with Manchester United in April 2014.
Incoming Villa executive chairman Christopher Samuelson met with the Scot last Thursday, according to The Sun.
The West Midlands club are planning for life in the Championship after a woeful season and the upheaval on the pitch has been mirrored by events off it.
Villa have confirmed that an agreement has been reached with Recon Group, owned by Dr Tony Jiantong Xia, to take 100 per cent ownership of the club.
The takeover is subject to approval from the Premier League and the Football League.
A club statement read: ‘Aston Villa Football Club is pleased to announce that an agreement has been signed today for the sale of 100 per cent ownership by Randy Lerner to Recon Group owned by Dr Tony Jiantong Xia subject to the approval of the Premier League and the Football League.
‘Once those approvals have been granted and the new board members approved under the fit & proper rules of both leagues, Dr Xia will become Chairman of Aston Villa. The club will announce the appointment of a new manager shortly.’