Hodgson silent on Young transfer rumours

Liverpool manager Roy Hodgson tonight refused to comment on reports he has made a bid for Aston Villa's Luke Young.

Villa manager Martin O'Neill has revealed the defender is considering an approach from an unnamed club.

Sources close to Villa Park have indicated that the offer has come from Anfield but Hodgson would not be drawn when questioned at a press conference for tomorrow's Europa League qualifier against FK Rabotnicki.

Hodgson did speak at length about the game in Macedonia - his first competitive fixture since taking charge - but appeared agitated when the subject changed to other matters.

When asked about Young and on rumours linking winger Maxi Rodriguez with a return to Espanyol, the 62-year-old said: "They are not playing tomorrow."

Hodgson was also unhappy when asked if reports that Emiliano Insua's proposed move to Fiorentina had hit a snag were true.

"No information to be given about that," he said.

When another question was asked about the difficulties of trying to sign English players - to comply with new Premier League squad rules - in the current market, Hodgson decided to make a firm point.

He said: "We're changing the subject. I don't think it's right in a room full of Macedonian journalists to be talking about things like homegrown rules and English players.

"I think we should be talking about the game, because that is what interests people.

"The subjects you are bringing up now are subjects for a future press conference.

"It is quite important in these last seven minutes that the questions I try to answer - and I gladly will for the Macedonians - will be about the football match tomorrow and not things like systems of play and future transfer targets or the long-term future of English football."

The proposed deal for Young is believed to be worth just over half the £5m he cost when he joined Villa from Middlesbrough two years ago.

The 31-year-old, who began his career at Tottenham and later joined Charlton, had limited first-team opportunities last season after losing his right-back slot to Carlos Cuellar.

Moving to Merseyside would bring him into competition with current England right-back Glen Johnson but his versatility could see him deployed on the left.

Hodgson is looking for a new left-back with Insua available for sale and Fabio Aurelio having been released.

Young has played in the position on several occasions under O'Neill in preference to Nicky Shorey.

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