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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