Villa hero Boateg: Agents wrecked Liverpool move

George Boateng admits he came close to signing for Liverpool when leaving Aston Villa.

In the end, the Dutch midfielder signed for Middlesbrough.

He told the Daily Mail: "When I left Villa, I wanted to join a top four team. I was really close to signing for Liverpool. Unfortunately, the middle man wanted whatever, something went wrong, and, last minute, the deal collapsed. Fulham were also interested. I wanted to go there, but Steve McClaren phone and said 'just come and meet me, let’s have a chat'. I thought, what harm can it do?"

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