So it appears that a deal is finally about to be made for this Aston Villa man to finally join Liverpool, praise the lord!
Gareth Barry’s long awaited £18million move to Anfield from Aston Villa could be completed in the next 24 hours, allowing the England international midfielder to make his Reds debut at Anfield on Friday night.
The transfer saga of 2008 looked to be over last week when Aston Villa closed the doors on Liverpool, who failed to meet a deadline to come to an agreement over payment terms.
But after a meeting between Barry and his representatives, manager Martin O’Neil and chairman Randy Lerner, it looks like the Villa skipper’s switch is only a formality.
It is not yet understood whether right-back Steve Finnan is part of the deal. (thisisanfield.com)
So according to this report, and many others, the deal will be struck within the next 24 hours and the midfielder is said to be ready to play in Friday’s friendly against Lazio. This saga has rumbled on and on, Martin O’Neill set a deadline and that passed but the Aston Villa boss had no choice but to give in as he didn’t want to be stuck with a player at the club who clearly had made it clear he wanted to move on. It’s a shame in a way that it had to take so long and that the England international had to be hung out in the cold somewhat but I think all parties can agree that having given his side a decade plus of sterling service it’s only fair to let him leave for pastures new, after all the midlands club gets a nice big wad of cash in return! Are Liverpool fans excited by this deal finally nearing completion?