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COLLY GOES ON STAN-BY; Villa sell Savo to open escape route.

Stan Collymore is on alert after Aston Villa last night sold Savo Milosevic to Italian club Peruggia for pounds 4.75 million.

Liverpool striker Collymore, still unsure of his long-term future at the club, would love a move to Villa - close to his Midlands roots - but Villa will not act hastily.

Collymore has been in dispute with Anfield over his move from the West Midlands and although Colly has smoothed over his difficulties, he'd jump at the chance to replace Yugoslavia international Milosevic.

But last night it looked as though Little was looking further north than Merseyside to Glasgow - and another striker in recent trouble with his club: Celtic's Pierre Van Hooijdonck.

Van Hooijdonck is back in the Celtic team, and scoring, after falling out with boss Tommy Burns but the Dutch international would certainly welcome a switch to the Premiership. Milosevic's move to Italy is subject only to a medical.

Collymore's star has waned since the arrival of Patrik Berger and he didn't get mentioned when Derby boss Jim Smith spoke of the dangermen threatening his side at Anfield today.

Smith said: "You can't concentrate on McManaman because there's Fowler; you can't concentrate on Fowler because there's Barnes and so on with the likes of Thomas, Berger and McAteer.

"It's got to be a collective effort on our part and if we can produce a good team performance, then we are capable of going there and getting a result."
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Title Annotation:Sport
Author:Bradshaw, Bill
Publication:Sunday Mirror (London, England)
Date:Oct 27, 1996
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