Hearts keeper Marian Kello is close to signing a pre-contract with Aston Villa, STV reports. The Slovakian is currently trying to negotiate his release from Tynecastle in order to begin training with the Midlanders.

As he would be moving outside of the transfer window, he would not be able to play for Alex McLeish's side until the start of next season.

Premiership rivals Everton are also interested, as well as Championship clubs Bristol City and Nottingham Forest, but Villa appears to be the most likely destination for the 29 year old.

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