Aston Villa manager Gerard Houllier has confirmed his interest in signing Manchester City full-back Wayne Bridge on loan.
Any move could happen sooner rather than later now Pablo Zabaleta has won his appeal for his sending-off against Arsenal in City's 0-0 draw at the Emirates Stadium in mid-week.
Houllier has already signed a new right-back in on-loan Tottenham defender Kyle Walker.
Now the axing of Stephen Warnock after a poor run of form has left him needing an experienced left-back - and Bridge would fit the bill.
Houllier confirmed: 'There has been dialogue (regarding Bridge). 'But it is true we have been talking to them.'
Houllier is also being linked with a move for Lyon midfielder Jean Makoun. He also confirmed West Brom's interest in signing John Carew who is still battling to gain full fitness.
But the three-game ban facing Emile Heskey for his red card against Sunderland means any moves in that direction would also have to be put on hold.
Seeing red: Heskey is serving a three-match ban after he was sent off against Sunderland
Houllier said: 'I know at some stage there were talks with West Brom. I don't know where it will lead to.
'But to me Carew is an Aston Villa player and, as soon as he is available and fit, I will be delighted to have him in the squad and to play.'
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