Allback leaves Sweden camp to seal Villa move
Saturday 18th May 2002
Sweden forward Marcus Allback travelled to Birmingham on Saturday to tie up his £2 million move to Aston Villa.
"It feels right," he explained. "Villa are a big club with fine traditions and Olof Mellberg has only had good things to say about them."
Allback was expected to agree a three-year contract with an option for a further season, provided he passes a medical.
He is available from Heerenveen for a knockdown £2 million owing to a release clause in his contract. Former club Orgryte will get around £250,000 as part of the deal.
Villa have beaten Sunderland, Middlesbrough, Feyenoord and PSV Eindhoven to the 28-year-old.
"The manager Graham Taylor really wants me. It's a security factor when it's the manager who buys you and I think I have a good chance of becoming a regular in the side," he told Expressen.
Allback explained that he wanted his future settled now so he could concentrate on the World Cup.
"It feels good," he said. "I've got three big things this spring. I became a father, I'll play in the World Cup and I knew I would eventually switch clubs.
"The birth went well and now, if everything goes through with Aston Villa, I can focus on Asia."
Allback played for 65 minutes as Sweden lost their 18-game unbeaten run against Paraguay on Friday and the striker insisted he didn't do himself justice. "I can do much better," he said.
I know it's not the most reliable source but several reliable Dutch sources report it too