Vlaar move set to go through
Feyenoord stopper Ron Vlaar will join Aston Villa at the start of next week after agreeing personal terms with the Dutch international.
Villa have released a statement indicating that a deal will be concluded with Eredivisie runners-up once the defender has passed a medical examination in Birmingham.
The 27-year-old has been offered a three-year contract by the Midlands outfit and will become Paul Lambert's fourth signing since taking over as the club's manager this summer.
Vlaar is primarily regarded as a centre-back and will provide competition for James Collins - reported to be a target for his previous club West Ham - and Richard Dunne.
He made his breakthrough at senior level in Holland with AZ Alkmaar before moving to Feyenoord in 2006. Vlaar has formed a solid partnership with Brazilian defender Andre Bahia in recent seasons.
He helped Feyenoord to qualify for next season's Champions League after they finished runners-up in Eredivisie for the 2011-2012 campaign.
Lambert previously recruited right-back Matthew Lowton from Sheffield United, Brett Holman from AZ Alkmaar and Vlaar's former Feyenoord team-mate Karim El Ahmadi.