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Aston Villa to offload Stephen Ireland in January

Gerard Houllier has revealed that Aston Villa will look to offload Stephen Ireland in January after the player made it clear that he wants to leave the club just four months after joining from Manchester City.

The Villa manager also spoke to reporters about the ‘whingeing and moaning’ from a number of players ever since he took over at the Birmingham club in September.

Houllier made it clear that any players not happy with the current regime at Villa will be allowed to leave in January. Reports suggest that club captain Richard Dunne, who has been dropped from the match-day squad for the last two games, will also be sold in January.

Ireland has made 12 appearances for Villa since he arrived in September as part of the deal which saw James Milner move to City, but he has only completed two full games in four months.

Villa will look to recoup the £8m they paid for the midfielder who has failed to recapture the form he showed in the 2008/2009 season at City under Mark Hughes.

The writing appeared to be on the wall for Ireland’s Villa career after he was dropped from the squad to face West Bromwich Albion last week and didn’t travel to play Wigan today.

‘He [Ireland] said he wanted to go in January, to his agent. I'm not convinced, not so sure about that’, however, Houllier continued: ‘Once a player wants to go, he goes.’

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