Villa boss O'Neill confident landing Liverpool's Riise

Aston Villa boss Martin O'Neill is confident of landing Liverpool defender John Arne Riise in January.

The Express & Star says O'Neill thought he had snagged Liverpool's Norwegian international in a £6m deal last summer.

But the move fell through when the Anfield club failed to sign his intended replacement Gabriel Heinze after a bitter war of words with Manchester United.

Riise, who even sold his house in anticipation of a move to the Midlands, is still ready to come and O'Neill is hoping a fresh approach in the new year can do the trick.

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