Boss prepares for Young exit

Aston Villa

Aston Villa will make a move for former Celtic winger Aidan McGeady if they are forced to sell England international Ashley Young.

Villa boss Gerard Houllier is reluctant to let Young leave the club, but with the 25-year-old refusing to sign a new contract, the Frenchman may have no choice but to sell him to the highest bidder.

Manchester United are thought to be ready to push through a £20m bid for the former Watford player in the January transfer window, while Liverpool and Tottenham have also shown an interest too.

McGeady is currently with Spartak Moscow after his summer exit from Celtic but it’s understood the £12m man – who is the most expensive Scottish footballing export – has found life tough in the Russian capital and may welcome the chance of a switch to the Premier League.