Barry Remains Determined to Win Move to Liverpool
Byline: By Mat Kendrick
Aston Villa captain Gareth Barry is refusing to back down over his transfer demands and re-iterated his desire to join Liverpool during his first meeting with Martin O'Neill following his suspension.
O'Neill revealed the latest complication in the Barry saga from the team base in Denmark. The Villa manager also confirmed that he has abandoned his interest in Blackburn and England winger David Bentley after having a bid rejected.
O'Neill met with Barry and his representative Alex Black at the club's Bodymoor Heath complex on Thursday, but an injury has prevented the midfielder from travelling with the Villa squad.
Barry, a summer-long target for Liverpool, returned to training last week after being banned from club premises and fined two weeks wages for a stinging attack on his manager in a national newspaper.
The transfer is still some way off a resolution with Villa chairman Randy Lerner waiting to hear back from Liverpool chief executive Rick Parry after outlining Villa's asking price. "I spoke to Gareth and his agent on Thursday at the training ground and Gareth reiterated his wish to go to Liverpool," said O'Neill.
"That's something I've accepted now for some time. There were discussions last weekend with Randy and Rick Parry. We put something to Liverpool on Monday and they haven't come back to us so I have to assume that something will get resolved. I didn't say there was no way back for Gareth. Gareth has reiterated it and I was as disappointed as I was before.
"All I will say is that Liverpool are the ones who are pushing the issue now that we've put proposals that we think are very fair. …