Report: Villa close in on Hutton

Villa boss Alex McLeish has identified the Spurs star as a top

target this summer, as he attempts to put his own stamp on a squad

inherited from Gerard Houllier. It is believed that Harry Redknapp

is willing to discuss a deal, as he prepares to make Kyle Walker

his first-choice right-back at White Hart Lane. Hutton has

struggled to hold down regular first-team football throughout his

four years with Spurs, making just over 50 appearances since

completing a move from Rangers. He would relish the opportunity to

start afresh at Villa, especially as he has worked with McLeish

before during their time together at Ibrox. It is understood that

talks are progressing nicely, with Villa close to agreeing a fee

for the 26-year-old Scotland international.