Aston Villa may have to increase their initial £7 million offer for West Ham captain Nigel Reo-Coker if they are to secure the services of the England Under-21 player.

The midlands club tabled their initial bid on Tuesday for Reo-Coker who has made it clear he wants to join a club "where he feels wanted".

But sources close to the Hammers indicated they are in no hurry to accept Villa´s opening offer for the former Wimbledon player who cost £500,000 when he moved to Upton Park in January 2004.

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