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Hutton close to Villa

Full-back leaves Scotland camp; Favours Villa over Fulham

Last Updated: 31/08/11 9:51pm

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Hutton: A top target of former Rangers and Scotland boss McLeish

Hutton: A top target of former Rangers and Scotland boss McLeish

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Alan Hutton is close to a £4million move to Aston Villa and has left Scotland's training camp after being given permission in order for the transfer to progress.

The Tottenham right-back has emerged as one of compatriot Alex McLeish's top targets ahead of the transfer deadline and he is set for a medical.

Fulham are also understood to have bid £4m, but Hutton has snubbed a switch to Craven Cottage in favour of a move to the Midlands.

Villa boss McLeish wants to strengthen his defence and could offer Hutton first-team football, which he is not guaranteed at Spurs.

The 26-year-old, who has also spent time on loan with Sunderland since moving to White Hart Lane from one of McLeish's former clubs, Rangers, in 2008, is therefore set to hold talks with Villa.

Tottenham boss Harry Redknapp earlier on Wednesday confirmed he was prepared to allow some of his fringe players to leave and this appears to include Hutton.

The defender is a part of Scotland's squad for the crucial Euro 2012 qualifying double-header against Czech Republic and Lithuania, but the Scottish Football Association has been granted permission to discuss a transfer.

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