Aston Villa manager Martin O'Neill is refusing to budge in the Gareth Barry transfer battle, warning Liverpool he will only sell the England midfielder for £18 million. Villa have turned down four bids of up to £15 million for their captain from the Reds.
Barry's attempts to force O'Neill's hand by publicly demanding a move cut little ice with the Villa boss, who fined the player and banned him from the training ground. The Irish manager would consider taking Liverpool right-back Steve Finnan as part of a deal, although the clubs disagree over the Republic of Ireland international's valuation.
With Liverpool struggling to raise the cash to meet Villa's demanded fee, the saga has reached a stalemate which only Reds manager Rafa Benitez and his board can resolve, according to O'Neill. "We're still waiting to hear back from Liverpool after putting that proposal to them," he said.
"It's really up to Liverpool. I really don't know how it's going to work out at the moment. I'm sure there will be some sort of resolution at some stage or another."