Aston Villa’s transfer deal breaks down

Aston Villa’s attempts to sign Dutch defender Ron Vlaar seem to have broken down after the player claimed that he is focussed on playing for Feyenoord next term.

The Midlands club are looking to strengthen this summer after a disappointing campaign in 2011-12, with new boss Paul Lambert already raiding the Eredivisie for midfielder Karim El Ahmadi this summer.

Vlaar has been in the Scottish manager’s cross-hairs and a switch to Villa Park looked likely for the Netherlands international after he flew to Birmingham last week to meet with the Premier League club.

However, with negotiations seemingly stalled, a deal to bring the experience centre half to England seems to have hit the rocks.

“Feyenoord is in my heart and I have been through a lot here,” Vlaar told RTV Rijnmond, translated to English by Sky Sports.

“I think the chance I will move to Aston Villa is not so big anymore. I don’t want to be kept on a leash, so a transfer is off for now,” he stated.

By Gareth McKnight