Can O'Neill tempt Dutch star to Villa?
By Villa reporter
Friday 07 Aug 2009 08:59:00
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Martin O'Neill is reported to be interested in bringing Wesley Sneijder to Villa Park.

The future of the 25-year-old Dutch midfielder at Real Madrid has been the subject of speculation and Villa have emerged as surprise contenders to take him.

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The Guardian says that after Real's splurge in the transfer market this summer it was believed he would be surplus to requirements at the Bernabéu.

The player's agent, Soren Lerby, claimed Real wanted to keep Sneijder, but it had also been reported that Inter might take him on loan for €4m (£3.4m), with an option to but him outright for €18m (£15.4m).

That seems to have cooled and the uncertainty about Sneijder's next move seems to have caught Villa's eye.

O'Neill said: 'I think that the more creativity you have in your side the better chance you will have. These are particularly special players who are not [generally] available.

'If there were players like Sneijder, who have great talent and might be surplus to requirements at a club that is buying [new players], then I think you should be interested, even if that interest is not reciprocated. Because how else are you going to try and improve your team?'

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