O'Leary confirms chase for duo
By Adam Marshall
Last Updated: 01/01/70 1:00am
The former Leeds United boss has admitted his intention to bring Danish number one Sorensen to Villa Park, but McCann is now Everton's chief target after David Moyes called off his pursuit of Fulham midfielder Sean Davis.
"I believe we need to boost the goalkeeping side of things at the club," asserted O'Leary.
"That's no reflection on Peter Enckelman or Stefan Postma, and I'd be happy to start with whoever shows up better in pre-season.
"But I'd have loved to have got (Paul) Robinson and I like Sorensen very much as well."
The double deal with Sunderland is still in the balance, and O'Leary also affirmed he was in the hunt for Blackbun Rovers new boy Brett Emerton.
"I've left the situation for the clubs to resolve through the chairmen, the agents and whatever," he told The Independent.
"Everybody's thinking: 'They've gone down, they have players to sell', but they don't seem to be getting rid of people just for the sake of it.
"I play no part in the financial side of this club. If I did we'd have signed Robinson.
"I'd also have loved Emerton to come.
"I think he's going to be excellent. He's someone I was chasing at Leeds."
Meanwhile, Angel and Alpay have displayed the right attitude in training, and could be poised to revive their Villa careers.
"If we could get the best out of Angel and Alpay, who hardly figured last season, it would be like having two new signings," added O'Leary.
"They've both been brilliant in training."