Aston Villa eye Eunan O’Kane transfer after midfielder proves his quality in Liverpool cup tie

Aston Villa eye Eunan O’Kane transfer after midfielder proves his quality in Liverpool cup tie

Aston Villa boss Paul Lambert is weighing up a deadline-busting swoop for Bournemouth midfield gem Eunan O’Kane.

O’Kane’s stock went through the roof with an outstanding display against Liverpool in the FA Cup that also alerted Norwich.

The former Everton trainee, 23, drew interest from Swansea and Fulham before Saturday’s match.

O’Kane, signed from Torquay 18 months ago, represented Northern Ireland at Under-21 level before switching allegiance to the Republic.

Boss Eddie Howe is ready to offer him an improved contract to keep him

(Eunan pictured with ex Arsenal and England coach Don Howe and Paul Bradley at Academy launch in 2005)