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Aston Villa opt against deadline-day bid for Millwall midfielder

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ASTON Villa have decided not to make a bid for Millwall midfielder Liam Trotter – opting to sign Crewe captain Ashley Westwood instead in a bargain deal.

NewsAtDen understands the Premier League club were considering a deadline-day swoop for the Lions' vice-captain after seeing a deal for Charlton's Dale Stephens break down.

But Villans boss Paul Lambert was put-off by the 24-year-old's price tag and has lined up Crewe's Westwood for just £400,000 plus add-ons.

Lambert's offer for another target, Addicks star Stephens, was worth an initial fee of just £700,000 – with landing a big-money striker the priority for the Midlands club on deadline day.

Trotter looks set to remain at The Den at the end of a summer of speculation about his future, having also been linked with Southampton, Stoke and West Ham during the transfer window.

The former Ipswich trainee is set to re-open contract talks with Millwall next month but it remains to be seen whether he will put pen-to-paper on a new deal.

Alex Aldridge

(@accordingtoaldo)

7 thoughts on “Aston Villa opt against deadline-day bid for Millwall midfielder

  • August 31, 2012 at 18:32
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    Good, Trotts is a top playing worth at least several million. Villa can take a running jump.

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  • August 31, 2012 at 19:42
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    Please someone, is this game live on one of the TV channels, I'm sure I was told through the web that it was on Sky ?

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  • August 31, 2012 at 19:47
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    I seem to also remember a certain Morrison signed a new 2 yr. contract....... and promptly left for the 'promised land' !!!!

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    • August 31, 2012 at 22:27
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      He did stay for 2 years. In his first year his goals won us promotion to the Chanpionship and in his second year they consolidated us in the Championship. It was agreed that he could leave in the Summer of 2011 which he did for a stupid low figure and Jackett made little use of the fee to sign a replacement for him nearly getting us relegated as a result!!!.

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  • August 31, 2012 at 19:54
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    NO Frank , they have changed schedules ! For some reason.

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