Villa bring in Bardsley

Last updated : 08 January 2007 By Norris McWhirter

The 21-year-old Bardsley has been on loan at Rangers this season, making the headlines with a training ground bust up, while he was sent off against Hibs in one of his seven appearances at Ibrox. It makes Martin O'Neill's insistence that he would like to speak to Lee Hendrie about his future at the club more understandable. The midfielder returned from loan at Stoke, and the Villa manager said: "Stoke would want Lee to go back to them but I want to speak to Lee. I had a brief conversation when he was in for treatment. I'd rather have a more lengthy conversation with him to see where we are. He's played the games for Stoke, he is match fit and I am sure Lee's heart is at Villa. The truth is, if Lee is willing to come back and take his chance then that would be fine by me."