Villa Striker To Sunderland?
Reports suggest that now Aston Villa have a manager, Sunderland's manager Niall Quinn may well return with a bid for his former Black Cat's strike partner Kevin Phillips.
Villa were approached for the players services but after losing David O'Leary the club said there could be no departures. Now that situation has been resolved, some arrivals and departures might slot into place.
Quinn said recently: 'In terms of the striking market, I would really only be looking at Kevin Phillips. I don't see him playing 46 games and scoring 35 goals; I don't think that's going to happen. But the standards of professionalism he would bring and the things he could teach my other young forwards - about being in a partnership, about retaining the ball and letting things develop - would be a real asset for us.'
'If I could bring him to the club then I'd love to do it.'