Villa on the verge of double-deal for former Liverpool duo
Published 23:00 09/07/10 By James Nursey
Aston Villa are set to sign Liverpool utility player Fabio Aurelio on a free transfer and are firm favourites to land Spurs' Robbie Keane.
Brazilian ace Aurelio, 30, is a Bosman after rejecting a pay-as-you-play deal at Anfield following a torrid time with injuries.
And Villa boss Martin O'Neill wants the star to provide cover on the left in his squad.
Aurelio, who holds an Italian passport, is experienced in the Premier League at left-back and in midfield after joining the Reds from Valencia in 2006.
He will be a useful addition to Villa's squad as left-back Wilfred Bouma has quit on a free and Nicky Shorey is up for sale.
O'Neill is also poised to move for Spurs striker Keane, 30, once Villa have raised funds by selling James Milner to Man City.
Villa owner Randy Lerner has introduced a sell-to-buy policy following record losses of £43.7m last year.
Mirrorsport revealed on March 18 Villa were eying hitman Keane this summer.
Tottenham are now aware of Villa's interest and the player would be willing to move to Villa Park but a bid is yet to be tabled.
Villa could afford Keane's £60,000-a-week wages as it is in line with their salary structure.
Villa are also interested in Celtic star Aiden McGeady, 24, who fancies a move to the Premier League.
But both deals will only progress once Villa have brought in cash with Milner's proposed £25m move to Man City being the likely trigger.