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Aston Villa boss David O’Leary is making a £3million move for Fulham’s out-of-favour England defender Zat Knight, according to the Daily Mirror.

The giant centre-half will be allowed to move in the transfer window as boss Chris Coleman is unhappy with his disciplinary record and thinks he can get by without him.

Knight was back in the Fulham side at Middlesbrough last weekend for the first time since he was axed for being out clubbing before a game.

Coleman is looking for a new centre-half next month and Knight will be sacrificed to bring cash into the coffers.

He would jump at a move to Villa, the club he supported as a boy, and it would also mean a return to his Birmingham roots.

Middlesbrough made a move for Knight in the last window but boss Steve McClaren has coolled his interest in the player he had briefly under his wing with England last summer.

O’Leary is unhappy with his defensive options and has been told there are funds for new players.