Villa close in on Sidwell opening door for Barry's Liverpool move !

Aston Villa have agreed a fee for Chelsea midfielder Steve Sidwell according to reports on Sky Sports today.

The 25 year old has had an awful time with the London club since completing his move there last year, making just 7 Premier League starts for the Champions League Runners Ups. However it was a successful move business-wise for Chelsea as they stand to make £5.5 million for the former Reading star, who they got on a free transfer.

Sidwell's move could be seen by some as a possible replacement for Gareth Barry whose £10 million exit to Liverpool is looking ever likelier. A good signing all the same as Martin O'Neill is looking to push into the top 6 next season.