Alpay swap deal ruled out

Last updated : 03 December 2002 By VillaMAD
Weekend reports claimed that Alpay was lined up for a move to the German giants with England international Hargreaves coming in the opposite direction to Villa Park.

Turkish defender Alpay has not played for the Villa first team since the 1-0 home defeat by Southampton on October 21st while Hargreaves recently expressed his desire to eventually swap the German Bundesliga for the English Premiership.

This fuelled speculation of a possible swap deal but Taylor said: “I can tell you now that no-one has spoken to us. No-one has spoken to us at all. As far as I am concerned, there has been no contact. That is the honest truth.”

“People ask if we will have to take a cut-price offer for Alpay to move on but we don’t even think about that until someone picks up a phone and says ’we are bidding this for Alpay‘. It’s as simple as that.”