"Roberto Di Matteo has told the stopper he is not part of his plans for next season. Jose Angel Crespo is on the verge of ending his Aston Villa nightmare by joining Greek side PAOK. The 29-year-old has agreed personal terms and is expected to move for a nominal fee in the coming days.
Both clubs were locked in negotiations over the weekend as Villa held out for a figure close to the £500k they paid for the defender last summer. But an agreement has now been reached, according to Greek sources, and a move is close to completion.
Crespo was tracked by a number of other clubs in Italy and Spain but it was PAOK who quickly firmed up their interest. The Super League side want two defenders to bolster their ranks and are also keen on Steadua Bucharest stopper Fernando Varela.
Last week Crespo admitted that he wanted to leave Villa after making just one appearance following his move from Cordoba. He is not part of Roberto Di Matteo's future plans and is not expected in at Bodymoor Heath when the first-team return tomorrow", was the article about the 29-year-old former player of Sevilla FC, Racing Santander, Calcio Padova S.p.A., Bologna FC 1909, Hellas Verona, Córdoba CF and Rayo Vallecano.