Barry confirms Reds wish
Villa captain states desire to join Liverpool
Gareth Barry has confirmed his desire to swap Aston Villa for Liverpool this summer.
The Villa captain is Rafa Benitez's top transfer target and the Liverpool boss has already had one £10million bid rejected.
Barry's agent, Alex Black, stated on Tuesday that the player was keen to leave Villa in search of UEFA Champions League football.
And Villa have now confirmed that Barry, who is believed to be valued at around £15m, has informed manager Martin O'Neill that he wants to join Liverpool.
In a statement Villa said: "Gareth Barry has stated in discussions with our manager he would like to leave Aston Villa to join Liverpool.
"But Liverpool's bid for the player has been rejected and they have been informed of Villa's continued position in this matter."
The presence of Liverpool skipper Steven Gerrard, who is a close friend of Barry, at Anfield is understood to be a major bargaining chip.
And Liverpool are expected to up their offer within the next 48 hours as they attempt to land England international Barry.