Villa keen on Bridge loan switch

Last updated : 07 January 2011 By BBC Sport

Aston Villa manager Gerard Houllier is interested in signing Manchester City left-back Wayne Bridge on loan for the rest of the season.The 30-year-old, who has 18 months left on his contract, has found his chances limited following Aleksander Kolarov's arrival last summer.

Houllier confirmed: "There has been dialogue [regarding Bridge]."

The Frenchman has already signed a new defender with Tottenham right-back Kyle Walker joining the Villains on loan.

Houllier hopes 20-year-old Walker, who has gone straight into Villa's squad to face Sheffield United in the third round of the FA Cup on Saturday, will provide decent cover for the injured Luke Young.

Bridge meanwhile would likely replace Stephen Warnock who was dropped for Villa's 3-3 draw at Chelsea and also missed the midweek home defeat by Sunderland.

Houllier has also been linked with a move for Lyon's defensive midfielder Jean Makoun, while confirming West Brom's interest in their injured striker John Carew.

However, Emile Heskey's impending three-game ban following his dismissal against Sunderland means a switch may be halted.

"I know at some stage there were talks with West Brom," admitted Houllier. "I don't know where it will lead to.

"But to me Carew is an Aston Villa player and, as soon as he is available and fit, I will be delighted to have him in the squad and to play."

Source: BBC Sport

Source: BBC Sport