Villa and Spurs to swap strikers

MARTIN O'Neill is weighing up an �8m bid for Swedish wonderkid Marcus Berg. (Daily Star)Villa boss O'Neill and chief scout Ian Storey - Moore have been made aware of the striker's availability this summer.

MARTIN O'Neill is weighing up an �8m bid for Swedish wonderkid Marcus Berg. (Daily Star)

Villa boss O'Neill and chief scout Ian Storey - Moore have been made aware of the striker's availability this summer.

Everton and Spurs have already made their interest known in the Golden Boot winner at last month's European Under-21 Championships.

But O'Neill is likely to jump to the head of the queue to avoid losing striker John Carew.


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O'Neill has an interest in Spurs' Robbie Keane but would have to part with Carew - who is wanted by Harry Redknapp - to land the Republic of Ireland striker.

To avoid doing business with Spurs over Carew, O'Neill is now leaning towards a move for Berg, 22, who scored seven goals in four games in Sweden's march to the semi-finals.

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Berg netted 15 league goals in his first season with Groningen in Holland after a move from IFK Gothenburg in 2007.

And last season he added a further 17 - taking his tally to 32 in just 56 games.

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