David O´Leary has admitted he would still like to have signed James Beattie for Aston Villa despite the striker having an up and down opening 12 months with Boxing Day opponents Everton.

O´Leary was unsuccessful with a £6million bid to Southampton for Beattie´s services in August 2004 and the player moved to Merseyside the following January. A Premier League tribunal even found O´Leary guilty of trying to poach the player and Villa chairman Doug Ellis claimed in his recent autobiography that the club were better off without Beattie.

But O´Leary begs to differ with Ellis as Villa look to bounce back from a lacklustre performance in the 2-0 reversal at home to Manchester United. O´Leary told PA Sport: "James Beattie is a good centre-forward. He has taken time to settle in at Everton but I´d still love James here."

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