Four days ago, we covered a report from Sky Italia, who claimed Spartak Moscow were close to completing the signing of free agent John Terry and the centre-back had his medical at Villa Stuart in Rome.

That was bad news for Aston Villa interest.

On September 11th, Russia’s Sport Express reported negative publicity about Russia in the English had made the Terry family think twice, there was a wobble.

Better news for Aston Villa.

Later that day, the same publication mentioned the defender was demanding more money after completing his medical. Therefore, the club and the player were set to hold a fresh round of talks, which was returning to bad news for Aston Villa, who are reportedly looking to re-sign him.

Today Sport Express claim Spartak have continued positive talks with the player’s agent. On Tuesday, Nail Izmailov, the Moscow-based club’s president, joined the negotiations in London and all parties are close to agreeing a deal.

The report has a picture of Terry sitting at the Russian embassy in London and the player has already been granted a visa. Terry’s transfer could be made official on Wednesday and the Chelsea legend will arrive in Russia on the same day.

In Russia, if a club has to register a player outside the transfer window, they will have to apply with the Russian Football Union within 14 days since the window closes.

In Terry’s case, the deadline is on Friday and once the RFU approves, Spartak will have time until the end of September to submit his application.

Terry has clearly been stalling this, it could all have been done days ago, and there must be a reason for that. If Aston Villa can make a last minute financial temptation, they may have a chance.