Aston Villa gaffer Martin O'Neill has (apparently) revealed that Arsenal number two, Pat Rice, rang up his number two (confused?), Steve Walford, to enquire about Gareth Barry.
"Myself and Steve Walford both know Arsene Wenger's assistant Pat Rice,"
"He phoned Steve to ask how the Liverpool thing had gone and said that they might show an interest.
"At the end of the conversation Arsenal said 'that's fine' and that they'll let us know. That is exactly what happened."
Whether this is true, I'm not sure. It is printed in the highly reliable Sun newspaper. A-hem....
If indeed there is substance to the story I'm sure Mr Wenger will appreciate Martin O'Neill making it public knowledge that Arsenal are interested. NOT.......
So thanks for that Mr O'Neill, you may scare Arsenal off now. You should know how secretive we are about transfers (except Nasri)
I wonder if this is a ploy by O'Neill to force Liverpool to up their bid. Make it known another club are interested and Liverpool aren't too sure that the deal is 100% theirs.
It's good though to see Le-Boss looking at estabilished players to bring in. We need a couple. Mixed with our youth we really could clean up next year.
Keep it Goonerish...........