Aston Villa Look To Replace Milner With £15m Everton Ace

Martin O’Neill is set to move for Everton man Steven Pienaar once James Milner’s move to Manchester City goes through.

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Aston Villa are hoping to take advantage of  Everton’s failure to offer Steven Pienaar a new contract by luring the 28-year-old to Villa Park. Pienaar has been linked with a move away from Goodison after starring for South Africa at the World Cup and is unhappy it is taking so long to sort out the deal with the Toffees.

Tottenham were reported to be lining up a bid and European Champions Inter Milan were thought to be keen on the midfielder, but so far clubs have been warned off by the £15m price tag attached by the club. (Daily Mail)

Aston Villa look set to attempt to lure Steven Pienaar away from Everton once James Milner completes his protracted move to Manchester City. Pienaar is said to have failed to agree a new contract at Everton, leaving the door open for a possible move to another club.

David Moyes may have no choice but to sell his star midfielder this summer, otherwise he may risk losing him on a free transfer at the end of the season.

Villa will be willing to part with around half of what they receive for Milner, giving them the opportunity to strengthen in other areas as well.

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