Date: 23rd July 2008 at 5:40pm
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Blackburn have accepted an offer believed to be around £2 million from Villa for goalkeeper Brad Friedel.

It seems the educated guesses on why Martin O’Neill turned up late to the Walsall friendly may have been correct, with whispers saying he was meeting the American goalkeeper at Bodymoor Heath during the first half.

But this news will come as a shock to Blackburn fans who were under the impression the experienced Friedel (how else do you describe a 37 year old) would not be allowed to leave until a suitable replacement was found.

This puts the speculation linking Paul Robinson with us to bed, but opens the door for the former England No 1 to join Blackburn as the replacement.

There’s no doubts who gets the better goalkeeper here in my mind, the age is an issue BUT with Guzan likely to be coming in, Friedel will serve as an excellent tutor for the other American goalkeeper.

The deal is believed to be £2 million upfront with a further £500,000 to be paid based on appearances.