So the fee is agreed, as are the personal terms, and Sidwell has even passed a medical, but the contract isn't yet signed. Wonder why?
Is the former Reading and Chelsea man hoping somebody else might come in at the last moment to save him? Anybody else wondering if another Eider situation is unfolding before us?
Or maybe Sidwell is conscious of who we play next and is in no hurry to line up opposite Joey Barton?
At £250,000 he sounds a snip, but his salary might be another matter. Apparently Villa's wage bill is £7m higher than Tottenham's! Sidwell would have been on a tasty retainer at Chelsea and presumably demanded to be kept in the lifestyle to which he had grown accustomed when he moved to the Midlands. Villa aren't offloading him to pocket a quarter of a million, they want him out to offload an ongoing financial burden.
Remember Ljungberg? And Dyer? And McCarthy? Let's hope Sidwell isn't another in an unfortunate series of money down the drain signings! A 3 year contract on £50,000 a week would cost us £7,800,000. Add in a fee of £250,000 and that would make Sidwell an £8million man! Suddenly he don't sound so cheap does he?