Championship side Aston Villa have hit back at rivals Birmingham with a bigger offer to lure John Terry to Villa Park, according to The Daily Mirror.
The 36-year-old defender will leave Premier League champions Chelsea at the end of the month after his contract wasn’t extended by the Blues, which will bring the curtain down on a 22-year association with the club, in which time he became one of the best centre-backs English football has ever seen.
The former England captain played 717 times for the West London outfit, and went on to win five Premier League titles, five FA Cup crowns, and indeed the Champions League in 2012, with his final piece of major silverware of course their league triumph under Antonio Conte last term.
Yet attentions are now turning to where Terry could end up next season, and reports in recent times have suggested that the Midlands duo of Villa and Birmingham are ready to battle it out to land the 36-year-old.
Blues boss Harry Redknapp confirmed last week that his side had made Terry a ‘good offer’ to move to St Andrew’s, yet recent reports suggest that Villa have hit back with what is thought to be a higher offer for the defender.
Villans chief Steve Bruce will be looking at how his side can improve upon their underwhelming 13th place finish in the Championship last time round, and seemingly is citing his defensive ranks as a way of bridging the hefty 18-point gap to the top six.
It remains to be seen whether Birmingham respond to Villa’s latest movements, but what is clear is that the £850,000-rated star (as per Transfermarkt) is in-demand and clearly wanted by the duo in a bid to extend his remarkable playing career.
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