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O'Neill eyes transfer funds

26 Aug 2006 - 10:03:14

Aston Villa boss Martin O'Neill is hoping to squeeze some transfer funds out of the club's new owner, Randy Lerner, before the summer transfer window closes.

The American billionaire has finally been given the green light to complete his £62.6million takeover at Villa Park and O'Neill is looking forward to working with him.

The Irishman said: "I have not spoken to him (Lerner) about the strength and weaknesses of the squad, because there was no point until the takeover was done and dusted.

"I hope now to have a little chat with him in the next few days about that. I am in a much better position than three weeks ago when I took over in terms of knowing and advising what hopefully needs to happen.

"I think he would like to develop the training ground and that will be terrific, but essentially we want to try and strengthen the side with a bit of quality.

"That is something the new owner will hopefully entrust in me and accept the fact I am in a better position to make those judgements than anyone else."

He added: "Making signings is not particularly easy in terms of getting quality players into the squad. I could fill up the squad with a host of players and numerically we are down a bit.

"We do need quality and I will be working very hard to do something about it between now and Thursday."

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