Thursday, 16 October 2008

O'Neill Set For £30million January Windfall To Take Villa Into The Champions League

Aston Villa boss Martin O'Neill is set to receive a sizable transfer ‘war chest’ when the window reopens in January, with the Villans manager being backed to the tune of £30million to lure new players to the Midlands side by American Owner Randy Lerner to build a team that can qualify for the Champions League, according to The Daily Mirror.

O’Neill is believed to have met with Lerner earlier this week, with the American outlining his vision of the future for Aston Villa, which means taking Villa to the next level and breaking the monopoly of the Premier League ‘big four’ of Chelsea, Manchester United, Arsenal and Liverpool.

Villa have had a good start to this Premiership campaign, with Lerner believing that a £30million cash injection to improve the squad at Villa Park in January, could just make the difference in qualifying for Europe’s premier competition.

First on O’Neill’s list of objectives is understood to be tying down England International Ashley Young to a long-term deal, with it understood that the former Celtic boss is ready to offer Young £56,000-a-week and make him the highest earner at Villa.

Then Villa are expected to sign striker Kevin Doyle from Championship side Reading for £7million, with the Republic of Ireland forward in superb form this season, having found the net 8 times already this season.

O’Neill is also believed to want Emile Heskey at Wigan Athletic now that West Ham striker Dean Ashton has been sidelined again at Upton Park through injury. However, Villa could face competition from Tottenham Hotspur for the England target-man as well as a reluctant to sell Latics boss Steve Bruce, who has stated that it will take a big offer for him to let the former Liverpool player leave the JJB Stadium.

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