ston Villa are ready to offload Gabriel Agbonlahor this summer as the club prepare for the Championship.
Agbonlahor is set to become a high-profile departure at the end of the season, with Villa keen to shift his £54,000 a week salary off the wage bill.
The forward has escaped punishment after an internal investigation into his behaviour while on holiday in Dubai, when he was pictured with a shisha pipe .
The former England striker has struggled in front of goal in the past year
He was axed for the game against Chelsea last weekend but is now available for selection, though it is highly unlikely that the 29-year-old will figure much for the remainder of Villa’s disastrous campaign.
Agbonlahor will take a reduction in salary when Villa drop into the Championship, yet he will remain one of the top earners in the squad, along with captain Micah Richards, and a parting of the ways seems inevitable.
Villa could allow the former England international to leave for a minimal fee as part of an anticipated clear-out, with Charles N’Zogbia’s £63,000 a week deal finally expiring in June.
Agbonlahor is expected to walk away from Villa after a 10-year association with the club CREDIT: REX FEATURES
With only one goal in nearly 13 months, Agbonlahor’s performances have drawn criticism from supporters while he endured a difficult relationship with previous manager Rémi Garde.
He was told to find a new club by Garde in the January transfer window but a move failed to materialise. Garde was then forced to reintegrate Agbonlahor back into his first-team plans after he failed to make a signing.
However, Agbonlahor's 10-year senior career with his boyhood club appears over as Villa start their rebuilding job under a new manager.
Rémi Garde and Aston Villa parted company last week
Nigel Pearson, David Moyes and Sean Dyche remain the leading contenders to take charge but no approaches have been made as the board weigh up their options.
Villa’s fate could be confirmed this weekend if they fail to take a point against Bournemouth and Norwich either draw or win at Crystal Palace.
The bottom club have lost seven games in a row and are 15 points from safety with six league games left.