Fulham to offer Reo-Coker Aston Villa escape route
Published 23:00 28/09/09 By By MirrorFootball
Nigel Reo-Coker will be offered an escape route out of his Aston Villa nightmare by Fulham.
Fulham boss Roy Hodgson is considering a £3m move for the Villa midfielder in the January transfer window.
Reo-Coker is desperate to quit Villa Park after being frozen out, following his training ground bust-up with boss Martin O’Neill.
Villa are believed to be ready to lower their asking price for the 25-year-old, after demanding around £7m for him from Spurs in the summer.
Fulham were also interested in taking the former England under-21 international in June, but were unwilling to meet Villa’s valuation.
O’Neill wanted to recoup most of the £8m he paid West Ham United for Reo-Coker just over two years ago.
And Reo-Coker was eager to move back to London after being unable to nail down a regular starting place in O’Neill’s side last term.
He was unhappy at being utilised in several positions, including as an emergency right back and feels let down at not being able to move on with his career in the summer.
That simmering discontent played a part in the bust-up with O’Neill almost two weeks ago that has seen him left on the sidelines.
He did return to the 18-man squad for Saturday’s defeat at Blackburn Rovers, but was left as an unused substitute.
And he feels he has no way back into O’Neill’s plans, despite the manager suggesting that the matter is closed and Reo-Coker can pull on a Villa shirt again.
O’Neill has refused to comment any further on the situation and will not even reveal whether he has received an apology from the player.