Are Aston Villa about to land themselves a new Sugar Daddy?

Aston Villa could be set for a takeover, as the Daily Star Sunday reports that an American company is preparing a £145m takeover of the club.

Club owner, Randy Lerner had been reportedly keen to sell the club to potential Chinese owners earlier this year, but takeover bids for the Birmingham club never turned into anything concrete.

It is reported that the other bids came from numerous different countries, including one from a consortium led by former Chelsea chief executive Paul Smith, and another offer from Brazil. But having seen these reported interests fall through, Lerner could be using his connections in his homeland to push through a sale.

Villa will start their season next weekend away to newcomers Bournemouth after having lost Christian Benteke but signed Micah Richards, Rudy Gestede and Idrissa Gueye along with Jordans Amavi, Ayew and Veretout.

Villa have spent some cash this summer on some very good players, if Lerner were to leave now, the club should theoretically be in a good position, and any potential new owners could be tempted by that.