Date: 27th January 2009 at 10:55am
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Reports in The Sun today have linked Wigan’s Paul Scharner, 28, with a move to Villa Park, only days after former team-mate Emile Heskey completed his move.

The story claims that Sunderland and Newcastle are also monitoring the situation and that Scharner actually has a £6million release clause in his contract which would allow him to talk to any club that meet that value.

The player is even quoted as saying – ‘Villa are ambitious, joining them would be an upward step.’ Adding, ‘I originally decided to stay with Wigan in the New Year. But if an offer comes in, I will consider it.”

With Martin Laursen’s injury keeping him out for a while, Martin O’Neill has hinted at bringing in a Centre Back during this window, and Scharner could fit the bill, as the Austrian can also play in Midfield too if required.