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Dons come sniffing for Villa's young Irish star Samir

IRELAND U-21 cap Samir Carruthers could leave Aston Villa, if MK Dons are able to complete a permanent deal for the midfielder.

Capped nine times at U21 level, Carruthers has a year left on his contract at Villa Park but he will struggle to get game time at the club in the coming season and he knows he may have to move away from Villa to further his career, Carruthers left out of the travelling party for Villa's pre-season tour of the US.

He had a successful loan spell at League One side MK Dons last season, which was ended early due to injury, but Dons boss Karl Robinson is still keen on Carruthers and would like to do business with Villa.

"Samir is someone I think is a top, top player," Robinson said. "I'm not going to rule it out, but I'm not going to tell you I've done a deal either. He's someone I'd love to bring to the club on a permanent deal. He'd certainly add quality. I know he was here, but nothing is done. I've got most of the players I want now though. We'll have to wait and see."

A former Arsenal trainee, Carruthers is eligible for England, Italy and Morocco but declared for Ireland through his Dublin-born paternal grandfather.

Villa have a large Irish presence at the club but only Ciaran Clark is likely to be in the first team for the start of the Premier League season, with teenager star Jack Grealish also hoping to force his way into the side.

Shay Given and Enda Stevens are surplus to requirements and will be allowed leave on loan but youngsters Graham Burke and Mikey Drennan may also need loan spells.

Given said earlier this week that he plans to challenge Brfad Guzan for the No. 1 shirt.