AFC Bournemouth club captain Tommy Elphick has called an end to his career at the Vitality to become the first signing of new Aston Villa boss Roberto Di Matteo.
AFC Bournemouth have accepted a £3m bid made by Championship side Aston Villa for the acquisition of center back Tommy Elphick.
The Ireland national team is coming into full fitness at just the right time with James McCarthy and Ciaran Clark back.
Aston Villa will face a battle to keep hold of defender Ciaran Clark with West Brom manager Tony Pulis keen to seal a summer move.
Aston Villa have been boosted by the news that Jordan Lyden could return to action sooner than originally anticipated after tests revealed his injury is not as bad as first feared.
Eric Black could be forced into a change of formation with Ciaran Clark and Alan Hutton doubtful for the final game of the season at Arsenal.
Aston Villa may have been relegated weeks ago, but the Premier League laughing stock showed it still has a role to play in a 0-0 draw with Newcastle.
Eric Black confirmed Ciaran Clark is ready to return this weekend but Kieran Richardson will remain on the side-lines.
Bournemouth had lots of chances early but could only score one as Chelsea roared past them for a 4-1 win.
Aston Villa's first game of its Premier League farewell tour fell right in line with the path of its season, clearly outplayed and overwhelmed, in a 4-2 loss to Southampton.
Just days after confirming Gabby Agbonlahor would be unavailable for selection due to concerns over his fitness. The Villa forward has landed himself in more hot water.
Aston Villa clinched its first relegation of the Premier League era following a 1-0 loss to Manchester United at Old Trafford on Saturday.
Ciaran Clark has returned to light training and Eric Black is confident the defender will be available for the visit of AFC Bournemouth this weekend.
Aston Villa's top flight status went further down the drain today as they put in another shambolic performance, losing to Chelsea 0-4.
Micah Richards was a notable absentee at the Liberty Stadium on Saturday as Villa lost for the 21st time in the Premier League this season.