Ajax eye ex-Villa starlet

Striker impresses Dutch giants during Hong Kong Sevens

By Pete O'Rourke - Follow me on Twitter @skysportspeteo.   Last Updated: 20/05/11 1:26pm

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Skysports.com understands Dutch champions Ajax are eyeing a move for Aston Villa starlet Harry Forrester.

Forrester is on the look-out for a new club after being informed by Villa boss Gerard Houllier he will not be offered a new deal as he does not figure in his plans.

Villa beat a host of clubs to sign Forrester from Watford for a seven-figure fee in January 2008.

Forrester, who has been capped at youth level for England, impressed during his time with the Midlands outfit's academy and reserve sides, but Houllier has decided to let the player leave Villa Park.

Following his release, Forrester linked up with Championship side Barnsley after being watched in the reserves by Mark Robins.

Robins was keen to bring Forrester to Oakwell for next season, but in a twist of fate the move fell through after he quit his role at Barnsley last weekend.

The 20-year-old is believed to have caught the eye of Ajax's coaching staff after deciding to link up with Villa for the Hong Kong Sevens tournament last week.

Forrester was one of the top scorers with four goals in the tournament, which involved Ajax, Celtic, Liverpool, Rangers and Boca Juniors, and his performances have alerted Ajax to his possible availability.

Ajax believe skilful attacker Forrester has the technical ability to fit in with their footballing philosophy and could now offer the player a dream move to Amsterdam.

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