Toffees battle Villa for United defender
By Villa reporter
Tuesday 23 Jun 2009 10:22:00
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Aston Villa are set to go head to head in the battle to woo Sheffield United defender Kyle Naughton to the midlands.

The highly-rated right-back played a major part when the Blades got within one game of promotion back to the Premier League last season, and is wanted by Villa.

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But Villa face competition from Everton for the England under-21 star.

Reports say Naighton has long been on Martin O’Neill’s radar, with Villa scouts regularly making checks on the youngster. The boss even made a personal check on the defender in the Blades’ game with Plymouth last season.

United are believed to value the 20-year-old at as much as £7m, having already rejected an unofficial approach from Everton understood to be worth a potential £5m.

Villa are expected to test the Blades’ resolve with a decent offer for their prized asset, with strengthening the right-back position one of O’Neill’s priorities this summer.

Championship side United are eager to keep hold of Naughton, but privately are resigned to his departure after suffering play-off final agony at the hands of Burnley.

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