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Rovers and Villa ready to hand Bellamy lifeline

Aston Villa and Blackburn Rovers are ready to hand Liverpool bad-boy Craig Bellamy a lifeline after his latest indiscretion cast serious doubt on his future at Anfield.

A history of trouble
• February 2002 Receives a caution for hitting a woman in a nightclub
• March 2003 Charged with racially aggravated harassment outside a nightclub but later acquitted
• March 2004 Throws a chair at John Carver, Newcastle's assistant manager
• January 2005 Fined £80,000 by Graeme Souness for calling him a liar
• April 2005 Abuses former Newcastle team-mate, Alan Shearer, by text
• September 2006 Rows in tunnel with Newcastle coach Terry McDermott
• November 2006 Bellamy cleared of assaulting teenage girl in a nightclub

Source: The Guardian

The £6million striker, whose career has been blighted by a string of unsavoury events, allegedly attacked team-mate John Arne Riise with a golf club following a dispute over karaoke and is expected to be shown the door in the summer.

Villa boss Martin O'Neill is keen to add the striker to his goal-shy team and will make an £8million move for the 27-year-old, according to reports.

O'Neill took Bellamy on loan for Celtic two years ago after the player's fall-out with then-Newcastle boss Graeme Souness and the Welsh international scored nine goals in 15 games during his spell at Parkhead.

However, former Wales boss Mark Hughes is keen to lure his compatriot to Blackburn, the club he left to join Liverpool after a £6m bid triggered an escape clause in his contract, and he has made it clear to the Ewood Park board that he wants to be at the front of the queue.

In the short term Bellamy is facing an £80,000 fine following his role in the training-camp bust-up with Riise in Portugal earlier this week.