Aston Villa striker turns down move

Gabriel Agbonlahor, Aston VillaAston Villa forward Gabriel Agbonlahor has stated that speculation linking him with a move to Sunderland is untrue.

The sprightly attacker had an inconsistent campaign in 2011-12 and suffered from frustrating injuries in a poor season for Villa.

As such an exit from Villa Park has been rumoured, with Sunderland a potential destination.

The Black Cats are in the market for a new forward after sending loan striker Nicklas Bendtner back to Arsenal, and with Martin O’Neill coaching Agbonlahor previously an interest was accredited.

However, Agbonlahor has dismissed a move to Wearside, stating that he is happy to stay at the Midlands club.

“When you’ve played with a manager before, especially one as good as Martin O’Neill, then you are going to be linked with him,” he told The Sun.

“But it’s just pure speculation. I can assure Villa fans I haven’t heard anything about it and I’m happy here.”

By Gareth McKnight