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Former Madrid star linked with Villa switch

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Tottenham Hotspur defender Jonathan Woodgate’s call for first-team football could be answered by Gerard Houllier and Aston Villa.

The injury-plagued 30-year-old has recovered from his latest career-threatening groin problem that has kept him out for several months and is now ready to get back to business in the Barclays Premier League.

However, Tottenham boss Harry Redknapp is unsure whether to include Woodgate in his revised 25-man squad in case the star picks up another injury, which would then leave Spurs short of defensive options.

The former Real Madrid man may need to move on loan in order to gain some much needed game time, and today’s confirmation that Curtis Davies has made the Midlands switch from Aston Villa to Birmingham City, could pave way for a temporary move to Villa Park.


 

The Villains have just four central defenders on their books after Davies’ departure on a three-and-a-half year deal worth a reported £3.5million, and Houllier who is a long-term admirer of Woodgate’s cultured play from the back will look favourably on getting him on board for the rest of the season.

Woodgate is said to have turned down a loan offer from Aston Villa’s neighbours Wolves, with Mick McCarthy confirming that the club had inquired about his availability in a press conference earlier today.

Villa Park might be a more attractive option for Woodgate as they continue their surge up the table since a return to form which has coincided with the £18million signing of Darren Bent.

Villa fans have been promised more signings and so will expect more movement before the transfer window closes on Monday.

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