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Aston Villa To Make £15m Double Swoop On Arch Rivals Birmingham City

St Andrew’s duo could be on their way to Villa Park.

Aston Villa are preparing to take advantage of neighbours Birmingham City’s relegation by making a £15million bid for Ben Foster and Scott Dann.

The Daily Mirror reports the Villa Park club will break a 28-year hoodoo by signing the highly-rated duo.

England goalkeeper Foster and highly rated centre half Dann have been identified as the two major players in the Blues’ ­relegated squad who could strengthen their squad.

Villa have just released ten players and stars Ashley Young and Stewart Downing have both strongly linked with exits this summer.

It is likely a re-building programme will happen at the club and Foster and Dann could be the start of many new faces arriving at the club.

The Villains cannot make any new transfers until manager Gerard Houllier is given clearance to return following ill-health.

A decision will be taken in the next seven days, with ­Houllier’s No 2 Gary McAllister insisting the 63-year-old will be ready to report back full-time for pre-season on July 7.

But Villa will face competition from other clubs if they wish to buy the Birmingham pair.

Dann has attracted interest from Liverpool while Foster is a traget for Tottenham Hotspur.

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