Skipper Gareth Barry is backing Craig Bellamy to help take Aston Villa "onto the next level" of European football if he completes a summer move from Liverpool.

Bellamy is one of Villa boss Martin O´Neill´s leading targets as part of an expected spending spree bankrolled by owner and chairman Randy Lerner.

And Barry said: "I´d definitely welcome Craig Bellamy. He has proved himself in the Premier League - and across Europe as well."

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