Aston Villa ready to make £10m bid for Hangeland

O’Neill is keen to bring in the Norwegian this summer, but face competition from Liverpool, Arsenal and Everton.

The 27-year-old has been a hit at Fulham this season and O’Neill wants him to replace Martin Laursen, who is set to retire in the summer due to a serious knee injury.

O’Neill told News of the World: “I’ve been checking out players all over the place.

“We’re looking at players to try and improve the team. That is the important thing. There is a lot of competition out there though.”