France and Arsenal legend, Thierry Henry is reported to have verbally agreed to replace Steve Bruce at Villa Park.

The Villains are in the search for a new manager after the new management of Chinese businessman, Tony Xia, Egyptian billionaire, Nassef Sawiris and American tycoon, Wes Edens lost belief in Bruce.

The club is nursing the ambition of a return to the Premier League and Henry is seen as the preferred choice to lead the charge.

The 1998 World Cup winner was a part of Roberto Martinez’s backroom staff at Russia 2018 World Cup with Belgium.

He had indicated an interest to go into full time club management at the end of the tournament.

His agreement, however, is said to be verbal and is awaiting reassurance from the Villa board on its willingness to spend in the transfer market to bring in the right players and a salary package.

Egyptian co-chairman, Sawiris is estimated to be worth over $5bn by Forbes while Edens is co-owner at NBA side, Milwaukee Bucks.

The duo are said to be ready to lavish on the club for its climb up the Premiership but within the confines of the Financial Fair Play.

Villa is currently valued at NGN37.9bn (£80m); a value which can increase by 500% with a return to the top flight.

A statement from the board suggests readiness to invest.

“We believe that together we can bring business and sports experience that will help strengthen the club to ensure that Aston Villa can return to its rightful place in the upper echelons of English football.”

Steve Bruce believes he can still take Aston Villa back to the Premiership amidst rumours of Thierry Henry replacing him at Villa park.

The board, however, has a hurdle to cross with Bruce who doesn’t look set to leave.

The Manchester legend said in a chat prior to a meeting with board member, Sawiris: “I made myself clear two weeks ago when I said, ‘Look, whatever the state the club is in I think it needs me”.

“The new owners might want to have their own man in. All the indications are that that’s not the case but until I get in front of them we won’t know.

“I hope they give me the opportunity, I really do, but I wouldn’t be surprised if it’s not going to be that way because we’ve seen it many times.

“The new broom always sweeps clean. I hope I’m given the opportunity.”

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