According to a claim in the Italian media, Andrea Stramaccioni is in talks with Aston Villa over the manager’s job at Villa Park.

The former Inter Milan boss is currently without a job after being sacked by Sparta Prague last season.

TMW report Aston Villa have held talks in the past few hours with regards to replacing Steve Bruce. It’s reported Bruce could leave Aston Villa after failing to get into the Premier League via the playoffs.

Last weekend the West Midlands club lost their playoff final to Fulham and will subsequently spend another season in the Championship, causing a strain on the finances at Villa Park.

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It’s claimed Stramaccioni is another option to Brentford manager Dean Smith, with the latter having West Brom links.

Stramaccioni spent just one season at Inter Milan before moving on to fellow Serie A club Udinese. The 42 year old also had a spell with Panathinaikos before heading to the Czech Republic last summer.

These are rather outlandish claims, and it’ll be interesting to see if anything comes of them.