Gerard Houllier seeking Friedel successor at Villa Park
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Rumours suggets that Aston Villa are locked in talks with Scottish champions Rangers over a proposed deal for goalkeeper Allan McGregor. Manager Gerard Houllier admitted they have been to see him and he is interested in the Scottish international.
McGregor has recently been reinstalled into the Scotland squad by Craig Levein after intially receiving a lifetime ban by the FA for boozing along with Rangers team-mate Barry Ferguson. He has won seven caps for his country and with Craig Gordon consistently out with injuries he will surely be adding many more in the future.
Houllier sees him as the ideal replacement for Brad Friedel but he stated he was hoping to extend the 39-year old’s contract soon. He also said he was hoping to have a look at reserve team goalkeeper Brad Guzan before he considered his options.
McGregor is a product of Rangers youth development and after a couple of loans out, he has established himself as the clubs’ number one. He is a top class goalkeeper on his day and he would definitely be a strong addition if Villa were to proceed with further negotiations.
With speculation surrounding Ashley Young’s future still in the limelight, this would give them extra funds available to capture two or three players of Mcgregor’s quality.
Brad Friedel is not getting any younger and errors are beginning to creep into his game. The big American was bullied at Ewood Park last week and while he made a couple of stunning reaction saves in Villa’s 4-2 defeat to Arsenal he allowed Marouane Chamakh’s toe poke to slide under his body for the visitors third goal.
Allan McGregor is a very capable goalkeeper though he is more famous south of the border for his c-sign antics with Barry Ferguson when the two of them were dropped to the Scotland’s substitute’s bench for a match against Iceland in 2009. Rangers financial issues are parlous and Aston Villa could take advantage of that situation though a move in January might be wide of the mark.
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