Villa boss O'Neill determined to prise Jones away from Sunderland

Aston Villa boss Martin O'Neill is ready to test Sunderland's resolve over Kenwyne Jones.

Aston Villa boss Martin O'Neill is ready to test Sunderland's resolve over Kenwyne Jones.

The Mirror says O'Neill will try to tempt Sunderland to sell star striker Jones - but must go to around £12 million to get his hit man.

O'Neill has now put the big Trinidad and Tobago forward on the top of his wish list after missing out on Jermain Defoe, Craig Bellamy, Roque Santa Cruz and Emile Heskey.

The Villa chief sent top scout Ian Storey-Moore to watch Jones put on a powerful show against Middlesbrough on Saturday and that confirms his status as their current first-choice target.

Sunderland do not want to sell Jones and have already let Chelsea know he is unavailable - but Villa have the money and the need to land Jones for their bid to make the top four in the Premier League.

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