Aston Villa have clinched a deal for Chelsea midfielder Steve Sidwell.

The midlands club have settled on what is believed to be a fee of around £5million for the former Reading player, subject to him passing a medical.

If that goes to plan, Sidwell will then fly out to link up with Villa's pre-season tour of Switzerland.

Sidwell has been one of manager O'Neill's main transfer targets since the season ended.

A club statement said: "Aston Villa have agreed to sign Chelsea's former England Under-21 midfielder Steve Sidwell, subject to a medical."