We might be seeing the light at the end of the tunnel, or so says Neil Moxley of the Sunday People. Moxley has reported that Villa's owner, Randy Lerner, has entered a final stage of discussions with a consortium based in the United Kingdom. The final asking price for Villa seems to be the £150 million tag that Lerner set himself, which will see him make a tidy profit of over £80 million (which of course excludes the many millions he has spent of wages and players..)
If this report turns out to be true, it would see the end of a year long saga that has already seen Paul Lambert lose his job and if a new regime looks for a fresh start, Tom Fox and even Tim Sherwood might be up for the chop come the summer. Interestingly, the UK base of the consortium marks a move away from the more exotic rumours of Mark Cuban (who still likely doesn't know who Villa are) or a Qatari group.
The only stumbling block to the deal being concluded is Villa's precarious position on the Premier League's relegation knife's edge, which could see a number of clubs fall prey to the Championship's ever present grasp for three more clubs.
Could this finally be the step forward Villa need? Let's hope it all comes true come May.