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Gerard Houllier and Randy Lerner are thought to be in the market in January, but the deals look set to be more export rather than import.

The French boss has fallen out with many first team members, and this has lead to players being dropped to the reserves.

The biggest names are former Manchester City pair Richard Dunne and Stephen Ireland who look set to be heading for the exit door at Villa Park

They are reportedly going to be joined by Habib Beye, Nigel Reo-Coker, Steve Sidwell and fans favourite John Carew.

Sidwell has been at Upton Park for a medical ahead of his loan move to the Premier League’s bottom side West Ham, while Beye has been told to talk to other clubs.

Villa are also set to see defender Curtis Davies move, with the defenders agent saying that Premier League and Bundesliga Clubs are all interested in taking the former England U-21 international. Davies who joined from Midland rivals West Brom in 2008 for around £10m, is currently on loan at Leicester and is thought to be available for around £2.5m.

The final pair thought to be on their way out, are the two players that Houllier struggled to get along with at Liverpool. Keeper Brad Friedel and England left back Stephen Warnock are the biggest two shocks for the Villa faithful, who are set to lose two of the best performers under previous boss Martin O’Neill.

This will see one of the smallest Premier League squads be even more depleted as Houllier has also banished links of Villa being involved in the bidding war for Robbie Keane, with the Spurs striker in demand with many top division clubs.

On the up side, if that is possible for the Villans, Fabian Delph is back in contention and could be on the bench after 8 months out with a knee injury. Gabby Agbonlahor has also declared himself fit and ready for the Tottenham game Boxing Day.

This game looks set to come too early for Ashley Young, who looks set to miss out but Luke Young could return to the bench after young American full back Eric Lichaj starred against West Brom last time out.

Tottenham could welcome back Rafael van Der Vaart and Tom Huddlestone who both face fitness tests.

PREDICTION:

Sky Sports have definitely picked a great game here, as both side like to play attacking football.

I’m going to big this game up and last time a North London club played at Villa Park on Boxing Day, it was Spurs’ rivals Arsenal and that finished 2-2 with former Villa defender Zat Knight scoring a last gasp equaliser.

Villa will give their fans something to cheer with a late goal to snatch victory from Tottenham’s grasp. Villa 3 – Spurs 2.

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