Villa aim to trump Blackburn for Man Utd's Simpson

Aston Villa are aiming to trump Blackburn Rovers for Manchester United fullback Danny Simpson.

The Sunday Mirror says Blackburn are poised to offer Simpson - also a target for former boss Mark Hughes - a one-year loan deal.

But Villa boss Martin O'Neill is keen for defensive reinforcements and hopes to steal a march.

Simpson, 21, has been assured by United boss Sir Alex Ferguson he'll be sent on loan to a Premier League club after spending part of last season at Ipswich.

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