Monaco inform Villa they can offer Mbokani for Ireland

AS Monaco are keen on swap talks with Aston Villa over midfielder Stephen Ireland.

The Daily Mail says Monaco have made it known they will consider a swap deal with Aston Villa for him and Dieumerci Mbokani.

Monaco made their interest in Ireland known last week with chief executive Marc Keller, a former West Ham and Portsmouth midfielder, a confirmed fan of the 24-year-old.

Ireland is attracting attention from Premier League clubs but is rated at around £7m by Villa which is prohibitive while the player himself is unsure whether to leave as speculation continues over Gerard Houllier's long-term future.

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