Liverpool dealt 'massive' blow in wing wizard battle

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Liverpool have been dealt a blow in their pursuit of Ashley Young with news that the winger has been valued at £80 million by his manager.

The England international has been linked with an Anfield switch after failing to agree new terms on a contract at Villa park, but Liverpool interest will be over after Gerard Houllier placed the massive transfer fee on his head.

With only 18 months left on his contracts, teams were beginning to circle around the former Watford starlet with a view to a potential bargain. However, Houllier has issued a firm hands-off with his valuation, news that will be a dent to Liverpool and Manchester United.

Both clubs were thought to be considering a move in the region of £25 million for the winger, and Liverpool are keen to add young English talent in a bid to please new owners NESV.

John W. Henry and his consortium have pledged a transfer war chest to the Reds boss in the region of £35 million, and the American owner is keen to see players in the mould of Young at Anfield.

An attacking foil for Fernando Torres is thought to be the priority on Merseyside, but Young is no longer thought to be on the Liverpool wishlist after the £80 million valuation was reported in the Daily Mail earlier today (Friday).

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