O'Neill not looking to sell
Aston Villa manager Martin O'Neill is hoping he can keep all of his fringe players this month.
By Peter O'Rourke
Last Updated: 07/01/08 10:29am
Aston Villa manager Martin O'Neill hopes he does not have to offload any of his fringe players during the January transfer window.
O'Neill is operating with the smallest squad in the Premier League and has stressed the need to strengthen before the window closes.
The Villa chief is working on bringing in new players rather than losing any of his stars.
Goalkeeper Thomas Sorensen is seeking a move away from Villa Park after dropping down the pecking order and Derby are reported to be weighing up a bid for the Dane.
Striker Marlon Harewood is also being linked with a move away from the club after failing to establish himself since his summer arrival from West Ham.
StrengthenO'Neill said: "We will be trying to bring people in. I can't tell you if we will be as successful as last January, but we will be trying - but so is everyone else.
"We are going to try and strengthen, and it won't be through lack of effort if we don't succeed.
"We want to do something to give us all a bit of a boost. But equally I would prefer not to lose any players already here if that is at all possible as well."
Six of O'Neill's squad have played every league match this season, and the former Celtic boss admits Villa may have struggled to cope had they also been involved in Europe.
Concern"It is still a concern that players who played during most of last summer for their countries and didn't have much time off may hit a wall," added O'Neill. "It is a matter of trying to rest players when you can.
"What we have done is try to give them as much time off as possible, where there has been a window available to do that.
"We are not competing in Europe this season, which is a slight advantage - although that is where we want to try and get to.
"At this minute we have been able to cope a bit better with a small squad, simply because we haven't been involved in European football."