Houllier had Cabaye, Amalifitano deals lined up for Aston Villa
The Mirror says West Bromwich Albion star Amalfitano was actually lined up to come to Villa Park in the summer of 2011 on a bargain Bosman by then-boss Houllier.
Houllier's long-standing transfer targets were shelved as he quit the club in June 2011.
Lille midfielder Cabaye went on to sign for Newcastle and be a smash hit there, while Amalfitano instead went on to sign for Marseille in July.
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