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Aston Villa striker Marlon Harewood is a loan target for Coca-Cola Championship leaders Wolves.

Wolves boss Mick McCarthy has inquired about acquiring the services of the former West Ham striker for the remainder of the season.

Villa manager Martin O'Neill confirmed: "Wolves have asked about Marlon on loan and they are one of a number of teams. I have spoken to Marlon about it and it is a possibility."

Harewood has slipped down the pecking order this season at Villa and is fifth choice behind Gabriel Agbonlahor, Emile Heskey, John Carew and Nathan Delfouneso.

He has made only six starts during the current campaign and managed just one goal - in the UEFA Cup tie with Litex Lovech in October.

Harewood will be in the Villa squad which travels to Liverpool for Sunday's Barclays Premier League clash but there may be developments after the weekend.

O'Neill added: "We now just have the league to worry about and I can recall him after 28 days. I think it might be beneficial for the likes of Marlon to go out on loan.

"I hope the international break coming up doesn't afford a load of injuries but, in the long term, if Marlon goes and plays four or five matches and is then recalled here, he will be in good physical condition.

"I think the benefits outweigh the possible downside of it.

"He came and asked me about it. Mick McCarthy phoned me about it and Marlon had the choice and we will see. It hasn't gone through yet and I am waiting until after Sunday's game. He will be travelling with us to Liverpool."

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Europa League
Gabriel Agbonlahor
Football
Championship
John Carew
Emile Heskey
Premier League
Marlon Harewood
Nathan Delfouneso
Aston Villa
Wolverhampton Wanderers
Liverpool

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