Republic of Ireland international Glenn Whelan is just a successful medical shy of finally completing his move to Steve Bruce's Aston Villa.
The English Championship club have reportedly paid Stoke City a fee of around €2million for the Clondalkin native, bringing an end to his near 10-year spell with the Potters.
The 33-year-old midfielder was due to have his medical at Villa Park this evening and he was spotted at the club's training ground earlier today with his new team-mates John Terry and Gabby Abonglahor.
Whelan is described on the official Stoke website as; "Pound for pound...arguably one of Stoke City’s best signings in modern day history."
He moved there from Sheffield Wednesday in 2008 for £500K and has since made 337 appearances in a Stoke shirt, while becoming a Premier League regular and sometime captain of the team.
He has won 81 caps for his country in that time and could also team up with fellow international Conor Hourihane in the Villa engine room.