Bulgarian could be making Premier League return
Aston Villa could be in line to sign AS Monaco striker Dimitar Berbatov, according to reports.
The Bulgarian is good friends with Villa legend Stiliyan Petrov, and the former-midfielder has reportedly told Tim Sherwood that the striker wants one last challenge in the Premier League.
Berbatov made his name in England after successful spells with Tottenham Hotspur and Manchester United. He then ended up at Fulham before completing a move to Ligue 1 side Monaco.
However, the 34-year-old is now a free agent after being released by the French side, who are currently undergoing drastic changes to help their financial situation.
Villa are reportedly in talks with Berbatov and could strike a deal with the veteran in the next few weeks.
The Villains are in the market for a striker after seeing Christian Benteke join Liverpool, and despite Jordan Ayew‘s arrival from Lorient, Sherwood is ready to add Berbatov to his squad.
A source close to Villa Park has said: “Stiliyan knows him very well. He knows that Berbatov is still a top-class striker and he believes he can be the right man for Villa.
“They need a top striker now because they sold Christian Benteke to Liverpool. You don’t have many strikers with experience in the Premier League available at the moment.
“I know Dimitar has offers from Germany [Werder Bremen] and Turkey but his desire is to play in England once again. His family also prefers England and this could be his last chance to play there.”
Berbatov Wants Return
The striker has also been linked with a shock move to Premier League new-boys AFC Bournemouth, and the Bulgarian has admitted that he would love a return to England.
“It’ll be a pleasure [to return to England],” said Berbatov.
“I spent a long time in England and I keep very good memories. Everyone is watching the Premier League, and I’ll be delighted to return.”
Written by Alex Batt – @AlexBatt