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Houllier targets foreign talent

Aston Villa manager Gerard Houllier would like to sign some young foreign talent to supplement his home-grown players.

Villa have an impressive array of British rising stars, including Marc Albrighton and Barry Bannan, who are all continuing to develop in the Premier League.

But Houllier was reportedly close to signing Le Havre's 19-year-old defensive midfielder, Gueida Fofana, in January among a number of other names from around the world.

The Frenchman admits he is interested in a 'globalisation' process of his squad to match the ever increasing trend in football.

Houllier said ahead of Saturday's home match with Blackburn: "Football has become open to Europe and open to the world because you have a lot of Brazilians in the Champions League over the last six or seven seasons.

"You need to know now that all clubs buy players from all over the world.

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"I believe we were one of the last clubs to put out 11 English players in one game.

"But we've got to understand there is not a Europeanisation but a globalisation of football now.

"I think this won't stop. The main thing is to be able to get some young players from other countries and bring them here early because they would get the feeling of the club.

"We have a few players, one from Austria and one from Hungary, and I think those players are very much part of the Villa youth team."

The meeting with Blackburn has become important for Villa in their battle against relegation, with the Midlanders sitting just three points above the bottom three.

Houllier said: "This is a vital game for us. A huge game. We definitely need a win."

He added: "They (Villa's players) keep working hard and progressing - but what matters now is wins, whether we play ugly or we play well. We need to win the games."

http://www.skysports.com/story/0,19528,11677_6778198,00.html

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