Aston Villa full-back Alan Hutton is in advanced talks with Wigan Athletic over a proposed move to the Championship club, according to the Football Insider website.

The Villans’ defender was a key part of the promotion winning campaign last term, but with Dean Smith bringing in many reinforcements, the veteran is surplus to requirements with the Birmingham based outfit, and allowing him to leave will help when it comes to balancing the books.

That is why Villa announced that he will be exiting Villa Park when his contract expires at the end of the month, ending a successful stay the club.

The 34-year-old joined the Villans from Tottenham Hotspur in 2011, and despite being sent on loan to Nottingham Forest, Mallorca and Bolton Wanderers in his time in Birmingham, he has come back and been a key part of their set up in recent seasons.

He has gone on to feature just under 200 times for Villa in all competitions, including on 21 occasions last season, but is readying himself for a new challenge now.

Hutton was a popular player with the Villans, but at this stage of his career the demands of the Premier League could be a little too much for the former Scotland international, so a return to the Championship could be the best thing for him in the final stages of his playing time.

Wigan are looking to build a squad to ensure they are not flirting with relegation from the second tier next term, as they look to stabilise after a rotten few years which saw them drop from the Premier League to League 1.

The former FA Cup winners are said to be deep in discussions with Hutton’s representatives, as the Villa defender looks to get his future sorted out as quickly as possible.

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