Aston Villa manager Martin O'Neill has hit back in his row with wantaway midfielder Gareth Barry and told him he is free to join Liverpool - for the right price.
The Villans recently rejected a £15million bid from their Barclays Premier League rivals and are thought to be holding out for around £18million.
Barry yesterday blasted his Villa Park boss for failing to attempt to change his mind over a move to Anfield, but O'Neill has vehemently denied that claim.
'The chairman and I were surprised at Gareth's comments,' he told The Sun. 'Contrary to what he said, we desperately wanted to keep him - and he knows that.
'But if Liverpool meet our valuation, Gareth will get his expressed wish to leave. Until then, he remains an Aston Villa player.'