Paintsil linked to Villa

15 years ago

English side Aston Villa is interested in West Ham United fullback John Paintsil.

The Mirror newspaper says Villa boss Martin O’Neill is weighing up a move for the Ghana international.

Paintsil has struggled for first team place since the arrival of manager Alan Curbishley.

The prospect of him gaining a starting place has been made even remote because he has failed to get a starting place even though there are several injuries in the squad.

Despite this setback Paintsil says his struggling English side will bounce back next season.

“We’ve had a fresh start this season. I think West Ham will be the team to watch out for next season,” Paintsil said.

“Motivation is not a problem. We’ve got a lot of injuries in the team and we've lost a lot of experienced players as well, but those who are playing are showing a lot of character on the pitch.”

French side Auxerre are also interested in the defender.