Bookmakers are closing their markers on John Terry moving to Aston Villa.
The Chelsea legend and former England captain is set to reject offers to stay in the Premier League, and drop into the Championship.
The 36-year-old has spent nearly his entire 19-year to-date in the top-flight, only once dropping down to play in the second-tier when he has a six-game loan spell at Nottingham Forest in 2000.
But now he is set to reject Bournemouth, West Brom and Brighton in order to pen a deal with Aston Villa – also shunning their City rivals Birmingham.
Terry has held talks with a host of clubs over the summer, but Steve Bruce seems to have won the day for Villa.
Bookmakers have now stopped taking bets on Terry moving to Villa Park.
We spoke with BetVictor’s Head of antepost Football Michael Triffitt who told us : 2John Terry has been backed into 1-5 to join Championship title favourites Aston Villa and BetVictor have now shut up shop expecting the deal to be concluded this week.
“The Terry market has been popular with many clubs supported but Villa were the best backed and punters who took the opening 25/1 will be sitting smugly.”