Gareth Barry has pleaded with Martin O’Neill to let him quit Aston Villa and join Liverpool.
The England midfielder has been heavily linked with a big-money move to Anfield while Kop boss Rafa Benitez has reportedly had two cash-plus-player bids turned down by Villa.
But the transfer moved a step closer as Barry took matters into his own hands and phoned boss O’Neill to demand he be allowed to join The Reds.
Barry’s agent Alex Black told The Sun: “Gareth has spoken to Martin since he returned from England’s game in Trinidad and told him how he feels.
“At this stage of his career Gareth wants to be playing Champions League football and believes this is his chance to do it.”
Barry had previously kept his counsel, but this latest move suggests the player is growing impatient with Villa’s efforts to keep him at the club.
The Midlands side have turned down bids believed to be worth £10 and £12 million and are reportedly holding out for nearer £15 million for their star performer.