Ruud The Real Deal For Villa Fans

Last updated : 19 January 2010 By Tom Vickers

Real Madrid hitman Ruud van Nistelrooy has emerged as the top transfer target for Villa fans this month.

Messageboard mad supporters have been united in the view that Van Nistelrooy would be the best signing Martin O'Neill could make in a bid to capture a coveted top four spot.

The Dutch star, 33, scored 95 goals in 150 games for Manchester United during a five year stay in England and he has netted 64 caps for Holland.

But the talented poacher is currently out of favour at the Bernabeu as Real continue to field their expensive galacticos.

Villa could be an ideal move for van Nistelrooy as he looks to reignite his career and he would undoubtedly bring an added edge to the predominantly English side.

O'Neill is lacking an instinctive goalscorer, with Gabby Agbonlahor, John Carew and Emile Heskey all less than lethal.

Fans of the Claret and Blue clearly realise that their side are short of firepower as they aim to reach the Champions League and their top January choice seems to be a wise one.

Now it's up to the gaffer to make his move and he may have to be quick with Tottenham also sniffing around the player.