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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