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McLeish Targets £2.5million Left Back | Will The Fans Care?

Aston Villa are said to be lining up a £2.5million summer bid for Rangers left-back Lee Wallace, according to The Sun.

Villains’ boss Alex McLeish is interested in the former Hearts player who only moved to Ibrox last summer. He has reportedly turned his attention to Wallace following a rebuff from Old Firm rivals Celtic over their Honduran left-back Emilio Izaguirre.

McLeish has been ordered by Villa owner Randy Lerner to trim his squad further over the summer with Stephen Warnock, Habib Beye, James Collins and Stiliyan Petrov among the names heading for the exit door. Scotland international Wallace would be a direct replacement for Warnock who has recently fallen out of favour with the manager.

The move would appear to be dependent upon two factors. The first would be McLeish still being in his job in the summer. Villa’s 1-0 home defeat to Manchester City left them in 15th place in the table and McLeish once again the target of Villa fans’ ire. Although they are unlikely to join the five teams fighting relegation, the sizeable number of fans who never welcomed his appointment in the first place are sure to continue making their thoughts known for the remainder of the season.

The second factor is the continued existence of Rangers following owner Craig Whyte’s decision to prepare the club for entering administration. Whilst this is an extremely unlikely prospect, there is a recent precedent.

Italian club Fiorentina was declared bankrupt in 2002 and effectively ceased to exist, although it was re-established soon afterwards and began life again in Series C2 (Italy’s fourth tier) in 2002-03.

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