Monday evening brought news that Newcastle had met the release clause for Ciaran Clark, the Aston Villa defender turns 27 next month and has spent his whole career at Villa Park.

Now the BBC have confirmed that Clark will take his medical today on Tyneside.

BBC Sport’s Pat Murphy says that the release clause figure is £5.1m and Ciaran Clark is leaving despite the Villa management wanting him to stay.

Judging by some of the comments from Aston Villa fans featured on The Mag earlier today (see HERE), it is understandable why the player might not be too upset to be leaving…

Captaining England at youth level, Ciaran Clark eventually committed to the Republic of Ireland and played in this summer’s Euros in France.

He can play in various positions – left-back, defensive midfield, as well as centre of defence where he normally operates.

Last season he was restricted to 18 Premier League appearances due to various injuries (and left on the bench at times), Aston Villa collapsing and finishing bottom of the table.

Fair to say that news of this impending transfer hasn’t been met with the same excitement as the likes of Gayle and Ritchie, with maybe one of the main points being that Newcastle supporters don’t see Ciaran Clark as coming in as an automatic first choice. Unless that is, Rafa Benitez plays him in the problem left-back position.