Liverpool Battle Aston Villa for £4.5m Premier League Veteran

Benitez and O’Neill both very much interested in consistent performer.

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The Rumour

Liverpool boss Rafa Benitez is ready to move in on Aston Villa’s bid for Pompey defender Sylvain Distin – once Martin O’Neill has agreed a price.

Benitez will go headto-head with the Villa manager for the Portsmouth star who has seen several of his best team-mates head through the exit door at Fratton Park.

O’Neill has had an opening offer of £2.5million rejected, but he will return with more cash. However Benitez is keen to match the bid and speak to the player.

Distin is willing to go to Villa, where O’Neill sees him as a first-team starter. His arrival would also spark the sale of Zat Knight to Bolton Wanderers.

However the chance of going to Liverpool may appeal to him too, although he would want to know what his chances of a regular game would be.

The Source: (Daily Mirror)

The Analysis

Rafa may feel given the departure of Sami Hyppia and the injury concerns over Daniel Agger that Liverpool could do with another centre back to help cope with what will in all likelihood be a 50+ game season, but Sylvain Distin will have to weigh up first team chances with a move to a huge club with a proud history over the guarantee of an extended run in the Portsmouth starting eleven.

The 31 year old Frenchman has enjoyed his eight years in the Premier League and has been very consistent during his spells at Man City, Newcastle and now at Pompey and perhaps more importantly the former PSG man has stayed relatively free of serious injuries therefore making him a more viable potential signing. Distin has missed just three Premier League games in the past three seasons and could therefore be of good use to any team expecting to play loads of games, hence Aston Villa‘s interest given their European hopes this term.

He would also be a relatively cheap addition to any squad and represents very good value for money.

The Likelihood

Distin to Liverpool/Aston Villa: Villa’s need could be greater but then the allure of a Champions League run for the first time since 2001 may also be tempting the centre back.

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