JOHN TERRY will ‘jump at the chance’ to re-sign for Aston Villa.
Terry left the club following their Championship play-off final defeat to Fulham in May.
At the time Villa couldn’t afford to keep on paying his lofty pay-packet with the Midlands giants plunged into financial meltdown.
But after being bailed out of a full-blown crisis following a takeover by wealthy financiers Assef Sawiris and Wes Edens, an attempt to bring Terry back to Villa Park is now back on the cards.
And Starsport understand the former England and Chelsea captain is expected to ‘jump at the chance’ to sign on the dotted line.
He’s big pals with Villa boss Steve Bruce and is happy to help him out, with the manager short of options at centre-back.
Deals for Aberdeen’s Scott McKenna and Le Havre’s Harold Makoudi didn’t go through in the transfer window leaving the club short of defenders to line-up alongside James Chester.
Mile Jedinak, who usually plays in defensive midfield, has stepped in at centre-back, but his partnership alongside Wales international Chester was exposed in Villa’s last match before the international break when Sheffield United thrashed them 4-1.
Starsport understand Terry will be paid around £60,000-a-week should his expected switch be completed.
“Aston Villa could be about to re-sign Chelsea legend John Terry”
The 37-year-old had looked set to join Russian side Spartak Moscow but performed a U-turn at the 11th hour after deciding against moving his family away from the UK.
He wrote on Instagram yesterday: “After considerable thought, I have decided to decline a contract offer from Spartak Moscow.
“I would like to take the opportunity to thank Spartak and wish them and their supporters well for the rest of the season.
“They are an ambitious club and I have been very impressed with their professionalism.
“But after assessing this move with my family, we’ve decided this is not the right move for ourselves at this time.
“Good Luck Spartak.”
If Villa do sign Terry, it’ll likely end any interest they have in James Collins, who is also a free agent after leaving West Ham over the summer.
He’s been training with Ipswich, but was said to be holding out for an approach from his old club where he spent three years earlier in his career.