Come On Villa - BID
Aston Villa's operations director Steve Stride has rubbished claims that Villa will use midfielder Gareth Barry as part of the package to lure James Milner to Villa Park.
He said: 'We're not sure where the stories have come from. But Villa fans can rest assured there's no substance to it whatsoever.'
Both players agents also say they know nothing of any such deal.
Reports claiming that Reading boss Steve Coppell is interested in Lee Hendrie also appear wide of the mark.
Villa have yet to have any bids for any of their players and that might prove a massive stumbling block in O'Leary's attempts to bring James Milner to Villa permanently because of the sell-to-buy policy set by Ellis. Despite the fact Ellis said that we didn't need to sell before buying a player, just that the books would need to be balanced with sales to follow, there still appears no official bid for Milner, the young Newcastle winger that O'Leary has indicated he wants to build the team around.
Now reports are suggesting Wigan are set to scupper Villa and bid £4million. Lets hope that report is just as wide of the mark as the Hendrie/Reading link!
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