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Barcelona Star Linked To Villa

Barcelona Star Linked To Villa

Aston Villa boss Martin O'Neill has dismissed reports linking us with a £7million bid for Porto defender Jose Bosingwa which is probably just as well judging by the fact Manchester United are today, in the Telegraph, being linked to a bid for him in the summer. When asked about the bid reportedly about to be made by Villa for the right-back Martin O'Neill simply said 'That's news to me.'

Various papers including the Daily Star (yes, I know!) today have us linked to a double £10million bid for Barcelona and former Chelsea striker Eidur Gudjohnsen and Arsenal's young right-back Justin Hoyte.

It is thought by some that Hoyte was due to sign for Villa in the summer only for Arsenal to pull out of the move as they needed him for cover when they suffered several injury scares.

29-year-old Eidur Gudjohnsen has also been linked with West Ham and Manchester City.

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Writer:J P Fear
Date:Thursday December 20 2007
Time: 9:40AM


Gudjohnsen is proven quality and would be a step up from Carew in my book. Assuming its Carew who makes way, I hope he doesnt put Gabby back out wide.
20/12/2007 09:44:00
West Ham will offer him 80k per week.
20/12/2007 10:28:00
Forget about Gudjohnsen. Its 2 right backs, a left back and a keeper we need. we've already got 4 strikers???? and maybe a right winger?
20/12/2007 10:33:00
true true, and there's no point paying him 80 grand a week as he's not actually that good. Much rather have Defoe or Bent
20/12/2007 10:59:00
We may have 4 strikers but none are as good as Gudjonhsen. Why are so many fans so happy to stand still? How about 2 right backs, a left backm a right winger AND a striker? We're not in desperate need for a keep as Carson is on loan till end of season.
20/12/2007 11:24:00
Is a 29 year old, not cutting it at a top team really what we're after for 6-7 mill? Don't doubt he might be able to do us a job but is he going to get 15+ goals a season? Anyone familiar with his record at chelsea?
20/12/2007 12:13:00
Gudjonsen is a quality player, we nearly signed him from Bolton but Chelsea got him. I think he has great distribution and he has one of the best finishes, very good striker, the young lads could only learn from him just like the young lads at arsenal have learnt from Henry. From what is about the top four get the best and all the teams below get the rest, Gudjonsen is the top of the "and the rest" category
20/12/2007 12:40:00
Hello its transfer time I better put my 10 pence worth in. Gudjonsen I think would be a great buy and still 3 yrs left in him. But what would be the plan up front - drop Carew or Gabby?
20/12/2007 13:20:00
Only need one right back. Got Erik Lund in reserves. Great prospect. Get him out on loan, and with that experience would be good cover for a 'new' right back - Hoyte? Good signing. So would be Diarra. He is more versatile. Can play right back or central midfield. Matt Taylor would give us good cover and options down the left side. Would love either James Milner or David Bentley wide right, but can't see us getting either. Hope we don't end up with Routledge. Up front, Gudjonsen would be great at the right price. Otherwise Bent or Defoe.
20/12/2007 13:46:00
Johnnyuk, there's a difference between not cutting it at a top team and not cutting it at Barcelona. Gudjonsen is a brilliant idea for that money, if he's willing to come of course.
20/12/2007 13:53:00
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