Paul Lambert is set to sign Ki Sung-Yueng and ship out Yacouba Sylla as he continues his cut-price Aston Villa shake-up.

South Korea midfielder Ki will be Lambert’s fourth summer signing in a cheap deal from Swansea, where he has 12 months left on his deal.

The Villa boss has also signed Kieran Richardson plus Joe Cole and Philippe Senderos on Bosmans.

Club owner Randy Lerner held talks with boss Lambert last week after flying to the UK and pledged to back him with limited funds.

Now Ki is joining from Swansea - Lambert wants an experienced holding midfielder to allow Cole a free role behind the striker.

Sylla is joining Turkish club Kayseri Erciyesspor on a season-long loan, and other flops such as Antonio Luna are also set to go. But Lambert has recalled outcasts Darren Bent and Alan Hutton to train with the first team again.

Despite not selecting Hutton for a single start in his two seasons in charge, Lambert is refusing to let the Scotland defender join West Brom.

He wants him to compete with Matt Lowton for the right-back spot inn the new season.

Captain Ron Vlaar, 29, who also only has 12 months left on his current deal, is expected to take three weeks off after helping Holand to the World Cup semi-finals.