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Aston Villa transfer round-up: Two midfielders in the frame

Steven Defour's agent has indicated Villa's interest in the Porto midfielder, Norwich City continues saga over Hoolahan, Manchester City kill Lescott interest.

A round-up of key Aston Villa transfer stories and rumours this week...

1) Porto midfielder Steven Defour's agent has confirmed interest from Aston Villa in his client. As reported in The Birmingham Mail the agent of player said ''Aston Villa have indeed indicated that they are interested in Defour, but it's not really concrete yet. There are also more teams that I cannot say''.

The possible signing of Defour has excited Villa fans and with 41 caps for Belgium, he would offer a good pedigree. Along with his international reputation, he became highly regarded in his home nation during his spells with Genk and Standard Liege, prompting Portuguese champions Porto to snap him up for a bargain €6m.

2) Paul Lambert's pursuit of his former midfielder Wes Hoolahan has been an on-going discussion for the past couple of weeks. According to The Mirror, the saga could go on into next week as Norwich are demanding £2m for their playmaker but Villa are offering barely half of that amount.

The Republic of Ireland international played his best football under Paul Lambert and is reportedly keen on rejoining his former boss, although reports over a transfer request seemed to be misjudged. The 31-year-old has made just 5 starts for Norwich this season and despite being a fans favourite at Carrow Road, it looks likely he could be joining the Villains in order to get more playing time.

Other News:
Manchester City boss has all but ended Aston Villa's pursuit of Birmingham born Joleon Lescott. Pellegrini insisted that the England international wouldn't be going anywhere in this transfer window and reiterated his importance to the title contenders. However, he offered little confidence to the player over his long term future and It could perhaps be one for next season.

Nahki Wells, Giorgios Samaras and John Guidetti have also been linked with moves to Villa Park as actively look to improve their fire power. However, all three players are wanted by other clubs with Samaras likely to end up at Hull, Guidetti heavily linked with Wigan Athletic and Nahki Wells closing in on move to Huddersfield.

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