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Villa move to hijack Fulham deal for Boateng

Aston Villa are moving to trump Fulham for Derek Boateng.

The Mirror says Villa boss Paul Lambert may hijack Fulham's bid for Boateng.

The 29-year-old defensive midfielder, a Ghana international, is available to leave FC Dnipro in Ukraine this month.

Boateng has had talks and a medical over a switch to Fulham, pending a work permit, but Villa are considering a late move.

Lambert has admitted he wants a new holding midfielder to protect his leaky defence and has turned down a return to Villa for free-agent Nigel Reo-Coker.

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