Date: 18th August 2010 at 4:59pm
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Kevin MacDonald has confirmed on Sky Sports News that Stephen Ireland is having a medical at Villa (and Milner the same at Manchester City) and the hope is that the deal will be officially signed and sealed today and then he can register the player in time for the home leg on the 26th.

And asked if he was pleased the deal was due to be completed at last, he said: ‘at least we will now know one way or another whether we have got James or Stephen, and Stephen is going to be coming here.’

And on possibly making some signings before the transfer window closes, midnight on 31st August:

‘Probably after tomorrow’s game I might be able to sit down and speak with Paul and Mr Lerner. But if not we have got Sunday’s game to look forward to as well. So I think there is so much going on for me to get my head around that at the moment we have probably got a week or 10 days to see if there are going to be any dealings in the market.’

Busy week or so due then?!