Swansea City have been clearing the deck at the Liberty Stadium as they prepare to embark on a second successive season of Championship football. Plenty of big names are leaving the club on free transfers – including Wilfried Bony and Martin Olsson.
The club, who also appear set to lose manager Graham Potter to Brighton, also allowed club captain Leroy Fer his release.
The Dutchman is now a free agent and Aston Villa will surely be keeping tabs on his situation. As reported by The Sun, Aston Villa made a move to sign the player in January. A £2 million fee was suggested as Dean Smith looked to add some power to his midfield position.
The deal, however, never went through. According to Wales Online, Fer did not fancy Aston Villa, considering them a sideways step. Aston Villa, at the time, looked well short of reaching the play-offs and Fer did not want another season in the Championship.
Since then, Aston Villa have gone on a rampage and will contest the Championship play-off final later this month.
Should they win, the 11-cap Netherlands international would surely want to make a move to Villa Park. Aston Villa will then have the chance to sign the 29-year-old on a free. Considering they were close to a £2 million deal a few months ago, a second approach for freebie Fer seems likely.