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Aston Villa's Luke Young poised for Liverpool move

Luke Young
Young has not travelled with Villa on their pre-season tour

Aston Villa defender Luke Young is on the verge of joining Liverpool, according to the player's agent.

Young's representative, Andy Evans, said the two clubs had agreed a fee and were discussing personal terms for the 31-year-old former England right-back.

Villa manager Martin O'Neill stated on Tuesday that an offer had been made by an unnamed club.

Liverpool would not confirm the bid, although Young has not travelled to Portugal for Villa's pre-season tour.

The full-back was made available for transfer in May and is believed to have been coveted by Liverpool manager Roy Hodgson when he was at Fulham during the 2009-10 season.

"There has been an offer from a football club which Luke is mulling over," O'Neill said.

When asked about Young and rumours linking winger Maxi Rodriguez with a return to Espanyol, the 62-year-old Hodgson refused to comment.


Young joined Villa in summer 2008 from Middlesbrough in a £5m move and became a key performer in his first season at Villa Park.

Last season he suffered early injury problems and was later given compassionate leave after the death of his brother, with Carlos Cuellar cementing his position at right-back.

Liverpool have been weakened at the full-back position by the departure of Fabio Aurelio on a free transfer. The Reds have also released Switzerland international Philipp Degen.

Another full-back, Emiliano Insua, is still waiting to hear if a £5m move to Italian club Fiorentina will go through.

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see also
Villa & City in Milner stalemate
28 Jul 10 |  Aston Villa
Milner has 'amicable' Villa talks
26 Jul 10 |  Aston Villa
Liverpool agree fee to sell Insua
17 Jul 10 |  Liverpool
Degen told he can leave Liverpool
21 Jul 10 |  Liverpool
Aurelio heads for Liverpool exit
25 May 10 |  Liverpool
Young retires from England scene
11 Nov 09 |  Internationals

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