Gabby Agbonlahor could move to Major League Soccer in January, with the Birmingham Mail reporting that he’s considering a move across the Atlantic after falling even further out of Roberto Di Matteo’s plans following the summer of spending.
The Telegraph have said that Villa are also keen to get his £4 million wage off the bills at Villa Park.
The striker played sporadically last season, with just 15 appearances in the season which eventually saw The Villans relegated, and contributing just one goal despite starting 13 times. It looked like he could leave the club this summer, but he elected to stay rather than complete a late switch to Reading on loan.
He’s yet to even make a matchday league squad this season and knows he is unlikely to appear in a Villa shirt ahead of new signings Ross McCormack and Jonathan Kodjia, who broke the record for a Championship player when he signed for £15 million in late August.
Agbonlahor has decided to wait it out and see if a move to America may be on the cards in January before the 2017 MLS season gets underway.
According to the Mail, an expansion team is an option but isn’t a prerequisite for a move.
Until the transfer window reopens in January, the 29-year-old will carry on training with the under-23 side, where he’s in exile after failing to negotiate a move away during the summer, a fact Tony Xia made clear his disappointment with.
The club are also unable to buy out the rest of Agbonlahor’s contract, which still has to years to run and a total value of nearly £4 million, an unfeasibly high pay-off amount.