Fulham steal in for Villa's Luke Young

Fulham were today poised to capitalise on the collapse of Villa defender Luke Young's proposed move to Liverpool.

Fulham were today poised to capitalise on the collapse of Villa defender Luke Young's proposed move to Liverpool.

The Cottagers, who appointed Mark Hughes as their new manager last night, are keen on the out-of-favour Villa right-back, who is available for £2.5million.

Fulham's interest in the former England international dates back to when Hodgson was manager at Craven Cottage and they will have been encouraged by the former Tottenham player's reluctance to relocate to the north.

Liverpool had agreed a £2.5million deal with Villa on Tuesday but it's believed the player was unable to agree personal terms.

Young is now expected to be involved in Villa's Guadiana Cup games against Feyenoord and Benfica over the weekend in Portugal after playing just one game in pre-season to date, against Basingstoke.

Despite being one of the most popular players at the club, Young found himself out of favour at Villa last season after centre-back Carlos Cuellar was preferred in his specialist right-back position.

Young was restricted to just 14 Premier League starts.

He is one of six players - Habib Beye, Nigel Reo-Coker, Curtis Davies, Steve Sidwell and Nicky Shorey are the others - who have been made available for transfer this summer by Villa, who must adopt a sell-to-buy policy this summer.

Villa, meanwhile, will refrain from rushing James Collins back into action as the injured defender fights to be fit to face West Ham on the opening day.

Collins has travelled out to Portugal with the rest of Villa's squad  despite pulling up with a calf problem, just 30 seconds into Tuesday's friendly victory over Walsall.

The Welshman, who has endured a stop-start pre-season after missing the Bohemians friendly with the same problem, did not train yesterday and is a major doubt for the weekend games.

He now faces a race against time to be ready for his old club in Villa's Premier League curtain raiser a fortnight tomorrow - but the club will take a softly, softly approach.

Comments for: "Fulham steal in for Villa's Luke Young"

Aston Villan

Luke Young actually refused to join Liverpool because they offered him a salary £10,000 per week LESS than he receives at Villa!

IF Fulham match his Villa salary, then maybe he will sign for them?

Villa1983

Why is Luke Young being allowed to leave? He is a quality right back, brilliant at going forward and even better at defending. He can cover at LB and even at CB if required. We should be keeping hold of our better players, not letting them go! Last season, we conceded some silly goals, where I saw Cuellar consistanly being skinned when at RB. Not his fault being played out of position. Come on MON swallow some pride and play Luke Young and Cuellar in their favoured positions.

Don't go and sell Milner, instead add quality to quality. Go out and buy Ireland and Bellamy!

MON you came with a 5 year plan and this is now your fifth year in charge so this is the time you will be judged!

Tubby 1922

Villa 1983,you talk sense! I wouldn't sell Luke Young either.You cannot judge a player on playing him out of position.Up until he took compassionate leave for his brother he was doing a brilliant job at left back even though he was a right back.I think we should keep him and Reo.Reo worked his socks off in Dublin last week.Albrighton is one of the up and coming young villa stars,should definitely be in with a shout this season.Get rid of Ashley Young,Heskey,cash in on them,buy Stephen Ireland and Bellamy,a Roque Santa Cruz.We need goal scorers!

Dave

Would love Reo-Coker at Wolves how much do you think

a) He'd cost?

b) What his wages are?

Can't seeing happening but you can but dream

Garry Villa-lifer

I totally agree with Villa 1983. The only way to progress/improve from last season is to keep the good players and add to them. Let Mr Learner know that MON, then, and only then can you piece together your 5 year plan. If not, there will be a lot of villans after your blood i'm afraid!! I dont mean to sound negative, but it costs a hell of a lot of money nowadays to get any where in the Premier League! TAKE NOTE RANDY!!!!

Oldburyite

Dave, dont give up on that dream, NCR is out of favour at Villa, you dont wrestle with MON and expect to be first on the teamsheet, If Wolves put in a reasonable bid???????

Dave the villan

Reo has been treated appallingly by MON before and since their bust up. With the right player alongside him in centre midfield he could be awesome.

His partnership with Gareth Barry three seasons ago looked like it was going to develop into the best centre pairing in the league. His all action style perfectly complemented Barry’s cultured passing game. It was far better than the subsequent Barry/Petrov partnership which always looked laboured especially when the opposing midfield had possession.

Many Villa fans share NRC’s frustration and always chant his name even when he is on the bench. No offence to Wolves fans but he could do a job at a much bigger club.