Houllier keen to keep Reo-Coker

Last updated : 09 November 2010

Boss Gerard Houllier hopes Aston Villa can reach a compromise with Nigel Reo-Coker and persuade him to sign a new contract. Reo-Coker's current deal expires in the summer and he is reported to want an increase from £30,000 to £50,000 a week to remain at Villa Park. Houllier confirmed talks are ongoing with Reo-Coker, who is sidelined with a knee problem suffered at Fulham at the weekend. The former Liverpool boss is keen for Reo-Coker to stay after making him stand-in skipper when Stiliyan Petrov was ruled out for two months with his own knee injury. Houllier confirmed: "There are talks going on at the moment regarding Nigel. Am I confident a compromise can be reached? Yes, between the two figures mentioned. "That's a compromise. The figures mentioned are 30,000 and 50,000 and between there is 40,000. I want to keep Nigel and they (Reo-Coker and his representatives) know that. He was my captain."

Source: PA

Source: PA

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