O'Neill confirms Young bid

Aston Villa manager Martin O’Neill has confirmed the club have received an offer for defender Luke Young.

Young was one of half a dozen players made available for transfer at the end of the season if the price was right.

O’Neill told www.avfc.co.uk: “There has been an offer from a football club which Luke is mulling over and, if it doesn’t materialise, then he would join us (in Portugal for the Guadiana Cup) because he needs to play some football soon.

“We will see how that develops.”

The 31-year-old was a key performer during his first campaign at Villa after making a £5m switch from Middlesbrough during the summer of 2008.

But he suffered early injury problems last season, then was given compassionate leave after the death of his brother, and saw Carlos Cuellar cement his position at right-back.

Fellow defender James Collins will have a scan today to determine the extent of the calf injury suffered during last night’s friendly with Walsall at the Banks’s Stadium.

The Wales international was substituted after only three minutes of Villa’s 2-1 success.

James Milner will fly out today with his team-mates to Portugal to prepare for the weekend tournament which will comprise matches with Feyenoord on Saturday and Benfica 24 hours later.

O’Neill indicated after last night’s game that Manchester City “have gone as far as they want to” in terms of signing Milner after having an initial £20m bid rejected.

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