Aston Villa boss Martin O’Neill has revealed that Arsenal may enter the race to sign midfielder Gareth Barry.
The England midfielder has been the subject of several bids from Liverpool over the summer, although O’Neill confirmed on Saturday that a deal still had not been struck between the two clubs.
Over the weekend, Arsenal were linked with making an offer for England international Barry, with right-back Justin Hoyte potentially involved in the deal as part-exchange.
“Myself and Steve Walford both know Arsene Wenger’s assistant Pat Rice,” O’Neill told The Sun.
“He phoned Steve to ask how the Liverpool thing had gone and said that they might show an interest.
“At the end of the conversation Arsenal said ‘that’s fine’ and that they’ll let us know. That is exactly what happened.”