Roy riled by Young rumours
Roy Hodgson has dodged questions regarding reports that Liverpool have bid for Aston Villa's Luke Young.
Last Updated: 28/07/10 8:42pm
Roy Hodgson has dodged questions regarding reports that Liverpool have made a bid to sign Aston Villa full-back Luke Young.
Villa boss Martin O'Neill earlier confirmed that he has received an offer for the former England international, but he has not revealed the name of the club.
Speculation has suggested that Hodgson has tendered £2.75million for Young, a right-back who can play on the left, as he looks for a replacement to Fabio Aurelio and Emiliano Insua.
The Liverpool boss was therefore quizzed on the topic ahead of a Europa League qualifier against FK Rabotnicki, but he refused to confirm or deny the rumours.
Hodgson, who appeared agitated when the subject switched away from Thursday's match, said of Young and conjecture that winger Maxi Rodriguez could be poised to leave: "They are not playing tomorrow."
Hodgson was also unhappy when asked about the truth of reports that Insua's proposed move to Fiorentina had hit a snag.
"No information to be given about that," he said.
When another question was asked about the difficulties of trying to sign English players, to comply with new Premier League squad rules, in the current market, Hodgson decided to make a firm point.
He said: "We're changing the subject. I don't think it's right in a room full of Macedonian journalists to be talking about things like homegrown rules and English players.
"I think we should be talking about the game, because that is what interests people.
"The subjects you are bringing up now are subjects for a future press conference.
"It is quite important in these last seven minutes that the questions I try to answer, and I gladly will for the Macedonians, will be about the football match tomorrow and not things like systems of play and future transfer targets or the long-term future of English football."