Martin O'Neill has spoken about his plans to bring Man Utd right-back Phil Bardsley to Villa Park on loan.
"I spoke to United boss Sir Alex Ferguson a few days ago about Bardsley, and he wouldn't mind a deal at all," said the Villa boss.
"But, like anything else, until things are signed I won't take it for granted. I hope he will join us this week."
Bardsley would be eligible to play after the Villa play Man U in the Premiership on Saturday. His arrival would ease Villa's defensive problems, enabling O'Neill to move Mellberg back to centre-back.
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