Liverpool close in on £17m star: Would be a fantastic addition

This Benitez target has had enough and wants to get his move to Anfield finalised!

Gareth Barry has finally lost patience with Martin O’Neill and admits he is desperate to join Liverpool.
After weeks of waiting for the Aston Villa boss to contact him, Barry has grown weary of the delay and is now anxious for his £17million move to Anfield to be finalised.
The England star broke off from his family holiday in Florida to tell Sport of the World why he has made the dramatic decision to go public.
Barry, 27, said: “My mind’s made up, I want to join Liverpool. There’s no going back, it’s time for me to move on. I’m desperate to play Champions League football and that’s why I have to leave Villa.
“I hope the Villa fans understand. I have given my all for the club for 10 years and I’m only leaving because now I need to test myself at the very highest level.
“And I can honestly say if Villa were in the Champions League I wouldn’t even consider leaving this great club.” (News of the World)

Gareth Barry, Aston Villa and Liverpool will surely one day sow up this deal, we are now at the stage of summer break where teams need to sign players prior to pre-season training and pre-season friendlies so clearly Martin O’Neill is trying very hard to get more money for his skipper, which I totally understand however the Villa manager will not want to find himself stuck with a player who doesn’t want to stay. After a decade plus at the club I think Gareth has earned the right to be let go the moment Benitez comes up with the right cash offer, will that be £17m or less, what do Liverpool fans feel is a fair price for midfielder?

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