Villa and Spurs negotiate swap deals

ASTON Villa boss Martin O'Neill is offering Nigel Reo-Coker to his Spurs counterpart Harry Redknapp in a swap deal for Tom Huddlestone. (Daily Mirror)The Tottenham manager had contacted O'Neill because he wants to sign Villa winger Ashley Young.

ASTON Villa boss Martin O'Neill is offering Nigel Reo-Coker to his Spurs counterpart Harry Redknapp in a swap deal for Tom Huddlestone. (Daily Mirror)

The Tottenham manager had contacted O'Neill because he wants to sign Villa winger Ashley Young.

England starlet Young, 23, is mulling over his future at Villa Park following Gareth Barry's �12million move to Manchester City.

And Redknapp has offered two players from David Bentley, Jermaine Jenas and Huddlestone for �20m-rated Young.


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O'Neill is very reluctant to lose Young but is still in touch with Redknapp, who is anxious to shake up his squad.

And the pair have discussed another possible swap deal involving Reo-Coker for fellow midfielder Huddlestone.

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Redknapp was interested in Londoner Reo-Coker, 25, in January and also tried to sign him while he was in charge of Portsmouth.

The star captained West Ham in the 2006 FA Cup Final at the age of 21 but has lost his place at Villa despite costing �7.5m in 2007.

While Huddlestone, 22, signed from Derby County in 2005 for �2.5m, is known for his precise passing and could help ease the big loss of England star Barry.

Villa insist there has been no official approach yet for Young, who is also wanted by Carlo Ancelotti's Chelsea.

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