Reds' new Barry bid rejected

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Aston Villa have turned down Liverpool's latest bid to sign midfielder Gareth Barry.

Liverpool knocked back as improved offer is rejected by Villa

Aston Villa have turned down Liverpool's latest bid to sign midfielder Gareth Barry. Barry has emerged as Liverpool's leading transfer target of the summer, and they have already had one bid rejected by their Premier League rivals. However, Villa have confirmed that The Reds stepped up their interest on Wednesday evening only to have their second approach rebuffed once more. A Villa spokesman said on the club's official website: "The offer was a slight improvement on a previous bid but our position on the issue remains unchanged and Liverpool have been informed." The latest offer is reportedly in the region of £15million, but rumours claim Villa boss Martin O'Neill is holding out for a fee of £20million.

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