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Aston Villa and Liverpool finally end the most boring transfer saga in footballing history…

It looks like the Gareth Barry tug-of-war will finally be coming to an end – something that will surely warrant rampant rejoicing amongst all football fans…

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Perhaps surprisingly, the mother of all transfer wrangles is going to end with both clubs going their separate ways, at least that’s what the Independent reckons:

Gareth Barry’s proposed move to Liverpool has been thrown into further doubt after chief executive Rick Parry said the quoted price was “too high”.

The Villa midfielder has been poised for a move to Anfield all summer, but the Reds have been unwilling to match the asking price of £18m. There was speculation at the weekend that Liverpool’s American owners were not willing to fork out the money following Robbie Keane’s £20.3m move from Tottenham. Parry yesterday insisted George Gillett and Tom Hicks are backing Rafael Benitez. (Independent)

So that’s that – hopefully. What is slightly confusing though is that the last round of mammoth negotiations resulted in Liverpool stumping up the dosh for a Barry bid – only for them to miss Aston Villa’s negotiation deadline by minutes. What has changed in the Liverpool boardroom since then to make them re-evaluate their bid?

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