Liverpool make £14m cash offer for Barry

Liverpool are set to make an improved £14m cash offer for Aston Villa captain Gareth Barry according to The Guardian. The Reds have already had a £10m deal including players as well as a $12m cash bid for the England international turned down, but their latest offer will test Martin O'Neill's resolve to hold onto the midfielder.

The move would be a massive blow to O'Neill's plans for Aston Villa and Barry's stock has risen ever since the former Celtic boss took over at the Birmingham club. But Barry's agent Alex Black has confirmed that the player wants to move to Anfield where he would be assured of playing Champions League football next season.

Rafael Benítez seems determined to see Barry lineup alongside his England team-mate Steven Gerrard in Liverpool's midfield but Villa are said to be holding out for a figure in excess of £15m for their club captain.

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