Villa to raid Spurs with Downing kitty - reports

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Aston Villa are ready to make a formal move for Tottenham defender Vedran Corluka, it has been claimed.

According to, Villa have already made an enquiry as to the availability of the Croatia international, as Alex McLeish looks to add a right-back of proven quality to his ranks this summer.

The Scot is looking to make some significant investments during the transfer window, and will be aided by the money made by the sales of Ashley Young and, latterly, Stewart Downing.

It is reported that Villa are confident they can land the 25-year-old, should his compatriot and Spurs teammate Luka Modric be sold to Chelsea.

This, it is alleged, would unsettle Corluka and leave him determined to force his own transfer away from White Hart Lane.


"Corluka and Modric go everywhere together and, if one is unsettled, as Modric is, then it will have an effect on the other," a Spurs source told

"They are that close. Modric was influential in Corluka deciding to join Spurs in the first place and if he becomes unsettled by all the publicity surrounding [Modric], then Villa will be more confident of getting him."

Chelsea have tried and failed in two attempts to land Modric in the last few weeks and Spurs maintain that they will not sell the highly-rated playmaker.

The 25-year-old is said to have handed in a transfer request last week - which was rejected by chairman Daniel Levy - and is with the rest of the Spurs squad on the pre-season tour of South Africa.

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