Aston Villa boss Martin O’Neill looks to bounce back from the imminent departure of club captain Gareth Barry to Liverpool, by shoring up his defence in a £8.5 million double full-back swoop.
Reports are emerging linking the Villans to Reading’s Nicky Shorey and Middlesbrough’s Luke Young, both capped England full-backs:
Aston Villa are winning the battle for Nicky Shorey’s signature after Reading were last night thought to have accepted a £3.5 million bid for the England left back.
As the slowburning saga of Gareth Barry’s potential transfer to Liverpool continues to run, Aston Villa manager Martin O’Neill has turned his attention to Middlesbrough defender Luke Young.
Martin O’Neill needs to reinforce the defence after losing the solid Olof Mellberg to Juventus no a free transfer this summer and looks to try and tempt Young away from the Riverside with a £5 million bid. Young only joined the Teesiders from Charlton last season for £2.5 million and was tracked by O’Neill last summer before sticking with Mellberg at right-back.
Shorey has also been a long-term target, but with Portsmouth’s very public interest, Villa have been forced to make their move sooner rather than later. The signs are positive as a bid looks to be accepted at the Madjedski Stadium, the player is very open to moving to a UEFA Cup team and could also be tempted by being reunited with former Reading player Steve Sidwell.
The moves would be very good for both players as Shorey looks to return to the Premiership, Young wants to step up and play in Europe and both players will be wanting to get back into the International reckoning.
Like most of Villa’s summer spending, it depends on the outcome of Barry’s future. One of the deals mentioned to take the England midfielder to Anfield, was including Irish full-back Steve Finnan. If that deal does prove to be true then the move for Young could be off as Finnan would fill the Mellberg-shaped void at Villa Park.
As usual with the Gareth Barry saga, all we can do it watch and wait.