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Southampton have confirmed they have rejected a bid for striker James Beattie from Aston Villa.
Newspaper reports had claimed that Villa had offered Saints 6million for the England international, who was at the centre of speculation linking him with a potential move to Newcastle United earlier in the summer.
Villa chairman Doug Ellis revealed last week that the club were seeking to bring in new signings despite recruiting Carlton Cole on a season-long loan deal.
However, Saints are believed to be looking for at least 8million for Beattie and chairman Rupert Lowe has confirmed Villa's bid was snubbed.