Leandro Bacuna is expected to depart Aston Villa in the coming days as he edges closer to a move to fellow Championship side Reading.
The midfielder started the opening match of the new season at home to Hull City last week, but was jeered by fans when he was substituted and now looks to be on his way out of the club.
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Reading have long been mooted as a potential destination for the Curacao international and now it seems that they are finally set to land their man.
Manager Steve Bruce spoke to the media ahead of Saturday’s match against Cardiff City and confirmed that a deal for Bacuna is ‘close’.
“I think it’s well known now that Reading’s the club. It’s out there,” said the 56-year-old, as reported by the Birmingham Mail.
“I believe we’re close but in all of these things negotiations seems to take forever and ever at the moment.
“I would think there’s a deal to be done and for both parties it’s the right sort of deal.”
Bacuna signed for Villa in the summer of 2013 from Dutch outfit Groningen and made a decent impression in his first season at the club despite playing mostly out of position at right-back.
The 25-year-old bagged five goals in the 2013-14 campaign, including a stunning free-kick in a 3-2 home win over Manchester City.
However, he has since struggled to hold down a regular place in the starting XI and has come in for criticism when playing in his preferred central midfield role for a perceived lack of creativity on the ball.
A move to the Royals seems to be a good deal for Villa, especially since Bruce now has a plethora of options to choose from in the middle of the park.
Bacuna was in the crowd at the Madejski Stadium on Saturday to watch his potential new employers draw 1-1 with Fulham, according to Get Reading.
Villa fans were subjected to an abject display by their team this weekend, with Bruce’s side beaten 3-0 by Cardiff City in Wales.
If the transfer can be concluded quickly it is possible that Bacuna could line up against the Villans when they visit Reading on Tuesday night.