Aston Villa manager Alex McLeish says a move for Manchester United midfielder Darron Gibson is 'unlikely'.

Villa have been linked with a summer swoop for the Republic of Ireland international, but McLeish does not expect a bid will be made.

"He is not someone we have on the radar," said the Scot.

"We have discussed him in the past amongst other midfielders, but it is unlikely."


Gibson had been tipped to leave United during the transfer window after finding opportunities at Old Trafford increasingly infrequent.

The retirement of Paul Scholes had afforded the 23-year-old the opportunity to stake his claim for a regular spot in the United midfield, but the emergence of Tom Cleverley appears to put paid to that.

It is, however, likely that Gibson will remain a United player until January at least after he picked up an ankle injury on Friday, which is expected to rule him out for a month.

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