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Last Updated: Thursday, 9 August 2007, 15:26 GMT 16:26 UK
Villa close in on keeper Carson
Scott Carson and Charles Itandje
Carson looks set to leave Liverpool after Itandje joins from Lens
Liverpool goalkeeper Scott Carson looks set to join Aston Villa on loan for the new season after the Reds signed Charles Itandje from Lens.

Carson, 21, was at Charlton on a similar deal last season and has also been a target for Manchester City.

His exit was delayed while Liverpool found a replacement.

But Itandje, 24, has now completed his move to Anfield and is eligible to face Toulouse in Liverpool's Champions League qualifier on 15 August.

Carson, who is second choice to Pepe Reina at Anfield, will not be allowed to leave the club permanently but Reds boss Rafa Benitez is happy to loan him out for a second successive season to give him regular matches.

Benitez said: "We do not want to sell him, we are very happy with Scott. But he needs to play to keep up his England place."

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If Carson does move to Villa he would be ineligible to play for them against the Reds on Saturday.

Villa turned their attention to the England Under-21 international after Sunderland beat them to the signature of Hearts goalkeeper Craig Gordon on Wednesday.

Carson joined Liverpool from Leeds for 750,000 in January 2005 and was one of Charlton's more respectable performers last season when the Addicks were relegated last season.

He went to the Under-21 European Championship with England during the summer, where his side lost to Holland on penalties at the semi-final stage.



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