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By ESPN Staff
Dec 14, 2007

Luke Moore keen to quit Aston Villa

Aston Villa striker Luke Moore has spelt out his desire to quit the Midlands club in search of regular first team football.

Moore has already rejected a new contract offer from Villa, although they have taken up a 12-month option on his current deal through to the summer of 2009.

Moore missed most of last season with a shoulder injury and during the current campaign has slipped down the pecking order behind John Carew and Gabriel Agbonlahor.

When he has been in action the 21-year-old has struggled to find his best form and netted only one Premier League goal in the 1-1 draw at Bolton.

Moore's agent Steve Kutner said: 'Luke rejected the contract because he feels he needs to move on. He needs to be playing first team football at this stage of his career.

'He is 21 now and has been very unlucky in the sense that he hurt his should last season at the stage that he did when in the side.

'Luke has already proved that he can do the business in the Premier League.'

Middlesbrough, Fulham and local rivals Birmingham City are all understood to be expressing an interest in the Villa Academy product.

Villa manager Martin O'Neill is keen to bring in a new striker in January and has already been linked with Liverpool's Peter Crouch and Tottenham's Jermain Defoe.