Feyenoord defender Ron Vlaar says it would be "a dream" to move to the Premier League after holding transfer talks with Aston Villa.
Vlaar, 27, was in Birmingham to meet Villa Park boss Paul Lambert over the weekend, and says he was left with a positive impression of both manager and club.
The central defender, a Netherlands international, told De Telegraaf: "I was in Birmingham on Sunday to have talks with Paul Lambert and left with a very positive impression.
"Joining Aston Villa would be a dream come true. I look forward to the Premier League, but I will miss Feyenoord.
"I feel at home at De Kuip and, although both me personally and the club have had a lot of ups and downs, we have maintained a good relationship."
He said he would miss "the stadium, the fans, my team-mates and staff" if the deal goes through.
Vlaar, who has won nine caps, would join Matt Lowton as a new recruit to the Villa defence if the transfer is successfully completed.