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Liverpool and Villa to battle for Jones

Kenwyne JonesThe Sun is reporting that there is an ongoing race to secure the signing of Sunderland’s 24-year-old striker Kenwyne Jones. Aston Villa and Liverpool are both interested in the player and it is thought that a bid in the region of £12million is needed to persuade Sunderland to part with their striker.

Aston Villa are thought to be the favourites to secure the deal given Liverpool’s financial situation. Martin O’Neill is known to be a fan of the player and is looking to add more firepower to his side as they push for a top-four finish. Randy Lerner is a supportive chairman and would be willing to back his manager after a strong start to the season.

Liverpool have had a long-standing interest in Kenwyne Jones but Benitez must offload players before he can make any purchases. The likes of Ryan Babel, Andrea Dossena and Andriy Voronin are all thought to be available as Benitez seeks the funds to rebuild his squad and raise morale. If he is unable to raise the funds for Jones, Benitiez may look again at Heskey who may be available if Villa succeed in their bid for Jones.

Steve Bruce may be willing to let Jones go as he seeks another striker with more goals in him to ease the pressure on Darren Bent on whom Sunderland are reliant. Jones and Bent form a decent partnership but Bruce feels that a different partner is needed to get the best out of Bent in the future.

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