Thierry Henry has a "verbal" agreement to become manager of Aston Villa, according to reports.

Current manager Steve Bruce is scheduled to meet with Villa's owners.

Bruce has made it clear he hopes to persuade the Egyptian billionaire Nassef Sawiris and the American financier Wes Edens to retain him, but he does not seem overly optimistic.

Henry most recently was one of Roberto Martinez's assistants with Belgium.