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More to follow 13-player Aston Villa clearout

Alex McLeish has overseen a massive clearout at Aston Villa.

Since the end of last season, Villa have lost 13 players, five of which were regular first teamers, says the Birmingham Mail.

Kyle Walker went back to parent club Tottenham and is unlikely to return as he aims to fight for a starting berth in north London.

Record-breaking goalkeeper, Friedel, also left for White Hart Lane while Young finally wrapped up his inevitable move to champions Manchester United.

Nigel Reo-Coker, Robert Pires and John Carew also exited the club as did reserve players Moustapha Salifou, Isaiah Osbourne, Harry Forrester, Arsenio Halfhuid, Durrell Berry, Ellis Deeney and Calum Flanagan.

Stewart Downing could be the next player out the door after admitting on international duty earlier this month that he was unsure whether he would be a Villa player by the time next season kicks off.

Liverpool are reportedly preparing to test the claret and blues' resolve with a £19 million offer for the 26-year-old England winger.

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