Writer: J P Fear
Date:Monday December 18 2006
Villa boss Martin O'Neill is looking ahead to the January transfer window and has admitted he is looking to add strength to 'a number of positions.'
'We're hoping to strengthen because we just don't have the squad to deal with the demands of the second half of the season. Us being ruled out of certain players are just newspaper stories. I have not made a formal offer for anyone to be perfectly honest. I honestly don't know how much money I've got, but we're going to try to strengthen the squad. '
'I want to strengthen a number of positions if we can. If it's possible, then we'll try to do it. It might not be possible, but if it's not then it will not be through lack of trying.'
Reports of links are building, the weekend press, I think it was the People, say we are going in for Tottenham's striker Robbie Keane although Spurs have ruled out another link saying that there is no price on Jermain Defoe's head because he isn't for sale.
Steve Bruce has thankfully dismissed links to Small Heath defender Matthew Upson. Bruce said: 'I only spoke to Martin O'Neill a couple of weeks ago and he never mentioned Upson to me. Where that has come from, I don't know. That is just a nonsense of a story and it is not definite that Upson will move at all in January. Why would we want to sell arguably our best player when we were top of the league? Of course, I have to protect our investment. Unless it is an ridiculous offer, and every player has got his price, nothing is happening.'
Two new links are West Brom skipper Curtis Davies, also linked to Spurs and Wigan plus Manchester United defender Phil Bardsley who I have to admit, I know nothing about.
Date:Monday December 18 2006
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