Harewood in Villa talks
By Peter ORourke
Last Updated: 01/01/70 1:00am
Skysports.com can confirm Aston Villa are in talks with West Ham's Marlon Harewood.Skysports.com can confirm Aston Villa are in talks with Marlon Harewood over a possible move to Villa Park.
Villa are hoping to beat Wigan to the striker's signature after both clubs agreed a fee with West Ham for Harewood.
Harewood has been allowed to leave Upton Park as he does not figure in Alan Curbishley's long-term plans.
Wigan held talks with Harewood over the weekend over a possible switch to the JJB Stadium, but Villa have made a last-ditch bid to lure him to the Midlands.
Villa boss Martin O'Neill is keen to bolster his attacking options and he is thought to be a big fan of Harewood.
Harewood's representative, Mick McGuire, confirmed Villa were in talks with the former Nottingham Forest man about a move.
"We are currently in talks with Aston Villa after they agreed a fee with West Ham," McGuire told skysports.com.
"If the talks go well he will then undergo a medical as normal.
"As we know Wigan have made a bid for Marlon and talked to him also.
"Now it is down to Marlon to make a decision on where he goes."
O'Neill confirmed Villa were given permission to talk to Harewood.
"We've been given the go-ahead to speak to the player and we'll take it from there," O'Neill told the club's official website.