The News of the World is reporting that Martin O’Neill is set to make Brede Hangeland his major summer transfer target.

The Aston Villa manager is apparently looking for a new centre back as a replacement for Martin Laursen, who is rumoured to be ready to call time in his career after failing to recover from a troublesome knee injury. O’Neill will test Fulham’s determination to hold onto Hangeland with a bid of around £10m.

Fulham are hoping to keep Hangeland, who had an uncharastically shaky afternoon at Stamford Bridge yesterday, at Craven Cottage by agreeing a new, long-term deal with the Norway captain.

I also had to laugh at one of the comments under the NOTW article from a Villa fan bemoaning the presence of Zat Knight in their first team squad. Thanks for the £3.5m guys!