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Houllier seeks Friedel replacement

Rumours suggets that Aston Villa are locked in talks with Scottish champions Rangers over a proposed deal for goalkeeper Allan McGregor. Manager Gerard Houllier admitted they have been to see him and he is interested in the Scottish international.

McGregor has recently been reinstalled into the Scotland squad by Craig Levein after intially receiving a lifetime ban by the FA for boozing along with Rangers team-mate Barry Ferguson. He has won seven caps for his country and with Craig Gordon consistently out with injuries he will surely be adding many more in the future.

Houllier sees him as the ideal replacement for Brad Friedel but he stated he was hoping to extend the 39-year old’s contract soon. He also said he was hoping to have a look at reserve team goalkeeper Brad Guzan before he considered his options.

McGregor is a product of Rangers youth development and after a couple of loans out, he has established himself as the clubs’ number one. He is a top class goalkeeper on his day and he would definately be a strong addition if Villa were to proceed with further negotiations.

With speculation surrounding Ashley Young’s future still in the limelight, this would give them extra funds available to capture two or three players of Mcgregor’s quality.

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