Aston Villa are set to discuss a shock bid for Real Madrid midfielder Wesley Sneijder.

The Birmingham Mail says Villa are set for talks with Real Madrid over a sensational move for star midfielder Sneijder.

The 25-year-old Holland international and former Ajax ace is available after Madrid's summer spree.

Reports in Spain suggested a fee of 16 million euros had been agreed with Liverpool for the attacking midfielder, but Villa have now come in to make their play.

It is believed his wages could still represent a huge hurdle for Villa to overcome but the fact Villa have gone for such a replacement for Gareth Barry is a signal at last of their intent to compete this season.