Aston Villa are set to land Gary Cahill this summer, according to a report by the Daily Star.

The ex-Chelsea defender is available on a free transfer after he saw his contract expire at Stamford Bridge and could be tempted to make a return to the club that started his career as a footballer.

However, it is also claimed the likes of West Ham United and Arsenal are interested in signing the 33-year-old this summer.

Dean Smith is thought to be keen on improving his defence upon the Villans’ return to the Premier League and Cahill is considered to be one individual that could help strengthen that area of the pitch.

His potential arrive could replicate the same type of success that John Terry had initially brought to the club, as his former team-mate helped to make a huge difference at the back before becoming Aston Villa’s assistant manager.

Cahill is hugely experienced as he has won everything there is to win in club football during his time with Chelsea, whilst he already knows what it means to represent the Midlands outfit.

With Smith desperate to avoid the same fate as Fulham suffered, he has been quick to improve his squad in a number of positions already.

The likes of Kortney Hause and Anwar El Ghazi have both had their temporary deals turned into permanent stays of execution, whilst the likes of Matt Targett and Wesley Moraes have seen big transfer fees splashed out on them.

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