ASTON VILLA boss Tim Sherwood is hoping to cash in on Celtic loan flop Aleksandar Tonev.
The Midlands club will put the Bulgarian winger up for sale rather than scrap his contract which still has two years to run.
Former manager Paul Lambert paid £2.5million to sign the international from Polish outfit Lech Poznan in June 2013.
However, he failed to make an initial impact and started only eight games before Ronny Deila added him along with other temporary signings Jo Inge Berget, Mubarak Wakaso, Jason Denayer and John Guidetti as he prepared for his debut season as Hoops gaffer.
Tonev kicked off a mere four games for the club and his stay in Scotland was marred when he was banned for seven matches after being found guilty of racially abusing Aberdeen defender Shay Logan in Celtic’s 2-1 win at Parkhead on September 13.
He made his last appearance as a surprise substitute in the 3-2 Scottish Cup semi-final defeat against Inverness Caley Thistle at Hampden in April.
It was originally thought Tonev would be released from his contract, but Sherwood, who replaced former Celtic captain Lambert in February, will ask interested clubs to stump up for the 25-year-old forward.
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