Date: 25th July 2008 at 1:49pm
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Aston Villa have confirmed that they have been given permission to speak to Blackburn Rovers and former USA International goalkeeper Brad Friedel.

Rumours have bounced around for weeks that Martin O`Neill was interested in signing the 37-year-old, and Brad`s relationship with the club may stretch into financial and contact-based-help for the keepers dream of starting Beckham-esque football (soccer) academies within the United States.

A statement on avfc.co.uk reads:

‘Villa have been given permission to open talks with goalkeeper Brad Friedel.
Martin O’Neill this afternoon confirmed Barclays Premier League rivals Blackburn Rovers have given the green-light to talks with the US international.

The Villa boss told www.avfc.co.uk: “We’ve been given permission to talk to the player and that’s something that we want to do. But there are still lots of things to happen.

“We’re in the process of strengthening the squad and this is all part of our efforts to add strength in depth.”