Talks are underway between Aston Villa and Serie A side Hellas Verona, over the sale of left-back Antonio Luna.

A deal for the defender – who only signed for The Villans in 2013 from Sevilla – could be completed by the end of the week, according to TalkSPORT.

The transfer of Kieran Richardson to Villa Park has accelerated the likelihood of Luna’s sale, with manager Paul Lambert keen to cash in on the 23-year-old.

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Luna initially looked a gem of a signing after an impressive Premier League debut that saw him get on the score-sheet against Arsenal in a 3-1 opening day victory last season.

His form wavered after that explosive start and he ended up making just 17 appearances for Villa last term, with only one Premier League start in all of 2014.

Luna is certainly a player that Lambert may look back and regret allowing to leave, as he was a product of the Sevilla academy, and part of their Copa del Rey winning side in 2010.

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And it was his impressive performances on loan at fellow La Liga side Mallorca that convinced Villa to buy him, despite the club now preparing to open the door for his exit.

The Spaniard has become something of a cult hero with the club’s fans, who have nicknamed him ‘Tony Moon’, which is a literal English translation of his name.

But they could be about let him walk, as Lambert attempts to revamp a squad that narrowly avoided Premier League relegation last season.

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