Aston Villa close on Warnock signing

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Aston Villa manager Martin O'Neill is closing in on Blackburn defender Stephen Warnock.

Villa confirmed on their website they are in discussions with their Premier League rivals about the player.

Warnock was an unused substitute in the Carling Cup victory against Gillingham last night.

He sat out the defeat by Sunderland at the weekend and remained at home as speculation mounted about his desire to leave Ewood Park.

Warnock has become a key player for Blackburn with his ability to play at full-back as well as in midfield.