A deal for the midfielder has been in place all summer but Villa boss Martin O’Neill has only just got around to tying up a deal for the former Reading star, who has been told he does not have a future at Chelsea.
The two clubs are thought to have agreed the fee some time ago and now it is just a matter of Sidwell agreeing personal terms and passing a medical this morning before a deal can be rubberstamped.
There were fears that Newcastle could hijack the deal by making a late bid but O’Neill appears to have the player in the bag with a deal set to be announced in the next 24 hours.
Jonathan Walters is ready to continue his Republic of Ireland career when he returns to full fitness, according to Martin O'Neill.
Matias Jorgensen has praised the English disciplinary system, saying the yellow card amnesty is something they should have in Denmark.