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Liverpool and Villa set for player swap – who will benefit most?

Gareth Barry has said that he’s ambitious. He’s also claimed that he wants to play Champions League football, something that ain’t happening in a hurry at Aston Villa. Therefore, it appears that all roads lead to Liverpool for the midfielder, although the Midlands club do have a condition, according to the Daily Mirror.

Martin O’Neill wants £8million AND Peter Crouch for Gareth Barry.

That is what the Aston Villa manager will tell Liverpool when they make their improved offer for the England midfield star.

Anfield gaffer Rafa Benitez is poised to make a new bid for Barry after O’Neill dismissed his opening £10million offer, made up of cash and players.

Now this will be interesting, especially as Liverpool value Crouch at around £15million, roughly the same price tag that Villa have slapped on Barry’s head. Do the Reds want the England midfielder badly enough to lob Crouch and a load of cash in Martin O’Neill’s direction? It’s clear that the lanky striker is surplus to requirements at Anfield, but we all know how stubborn Rafael Benitez can be when it comes to transfer fees.

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