Bakke in Villa talks
By Kent Hedlundh & Simon Fudge
Last Updated: 01/01/70 1:00am
Leeds United midfielder Eirik Bakke is in talks over a loan move to Aston Villa.Leeds United midfielder Eirik Bakke is in talks with Aston Villa regarding a season-long loan move to the Premiership club.
Bakke's agent Rune Hauge has confirmed that discussions with the Midlands outfit have progressed well, with Wednesday's transfer deadline looming.
"Villa are discussing a loan of Eirik Bakke," Hauge told Dagbladet. "The discussions are going well."
Villa boss David O'Leary is keen to add more new faces before the end of the month, having bought striker Milan Baros for £6.5 million from Liverpool last week.
The Norwegian international has returned to fitness this season after an injury-ravaged campaign at Elland Road last term and O'Leary is well aware of Bakke's abilities when he managed the Scandinavian at Leeds.
Despite expressing a desire to stay with Leeds this season, the 27-year-old may be set for a return to The Premiership with Villa.
One Norwegian midfielder that may soon arrive at Elland Road is Brede Hangeland after his club Viking Stavanger confirmed they are close to a deal with The Whites for the 24-year-old.
Leeds had a previous offer turned down by Viking for Hangeland and Viking are keen to keep hold of the Norwegian international until the end of the current domestic campaign on October 29.
"We have had a dialogue with Leeds and the case is now with them," Viking chairman Ole Rugland told Aftenbladet.
"The suggested deal all depends on the timing of the transfer.
"The ball is now in Leeds' court and they still have time to answer us."
Meanwhile, Leeds boss Kevin Blackwell has denied suggestions that striker David Healy is set to join Premiership side West Ham United.
"This week, we've had speculation about David Healy going to West Ham and it's absolute rubbish," Blackwell told the club's official website.
"Someone decides to create speculation in the papers, but we're not the ones who start it."