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Villa confident seeing off rivals for Chelsea's Sidwell

Aston Villa are facing stiff competition for Chelsea midfielder Steve Sidwell.

Sidwell is also understood to be attracting interest from Middlesbrough and Everton but Villa sources are confident they can land the player - if a fee and personal terms are thrashed out, says the Daily Mail.

His capture would ease some of the pain for Villa boss Martin O'Neill should skipper Gareth Barry move to Liverpool.

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