Everton are favourites to land Aston Villa outcast Stephen Ireland.

The Daily Mail says Ireland's next move will depend on whether he is prepared to leave his multi-million mansion.

Aston Villa manager Gerard Houllier has given the green-light for Ireland to leave next month after falling out with the midfielder.

Ireland continues to make the daily 148 mile round trip from his luxury home in Prestbury, Cheshire, to Birmingham after refusing to move out the in the summer.

Everton are keen to set up a loan deal for Ireland, who would arrive as a replacement for Tim Cahill.

Australian Cahill is due to leave for Asia Cup duty next month.

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