Sunday 21 January 2018

O'Neill must sell to bring in new players

Aston Villa manager Martin O'Neill has admitted he will have to sell before he can bring in any new players during the January transfer window.

O'Neill revamped his squad in the summer with the signings of Habib Beye (£3m) Richard Dunne (£5m), James Collins (£6m), Fabian Delph (£6m), Stephen Warnock (£8m) and Stewart Downing (£12m).

But he has conceded he will have to off-load before he can bring in new blood during the current window -- with around £3.5m likely to be recouped from the expected sale of midfielder Craig Gardner to Birmingham. Next up for Villa is the second leg of the Carling Cup semi-final against Blackburn tonight.

Villa take a 1-0 lead into the home leg, and O'Neill is urging his players to adopt a "positive mindset" to ensure there are no slip-ups. Villa will progress to their first major final for 10 years if they repeat Sunday's goalless draw with West Ham after triumphing 1-0 in the first leg at Ewood Park.

Aston Villa v Blackburn, Live, BBC1, 8.0

  • IRISH international Leon Best's departure from Coventry City is set to be hastened by an official bid for his services from Middlesbrough. They are lining up a £1m bid for the striker who has been in fine form.

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