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According to The Sun both Aston Villa and Manchester City have approached Newcastle United officially to enquire about striker Obafemi Martins despite the fact the he Nigerian international is currently away at the African Nations Cup.

The former Internazionale (or as we call them, wrongly apparently, Inter Milan) star has a £13million release clause according to reports although the Sun say he has been negotiating to remove that figure recently. The paper also quote 'a source close to Martins' (lol) who said: 'There is a lot of interest in Oba and he is not sure where he stands at Newcastle.' Apparently Martins has been frustrated being played wide right when he sees himself as a central striker.

A worrying report, as covered last night on Vital, is covered today by Setanta and Sky, this is to do with Martin Laursen saying he would be interested in a move to either Tottenham or Newcastle. I tell you what, I'd be gutted if he left and think the top four are mad if they let him go anywhere but their clubs if we do cock it up and let him go. I felt the same when Gareth Southgate went to Middlesbrough, Man Utd etc missed a real trick there in my opinion! Laursen has said he will stay at Villa if the terms of the deal are correct so lets hope the terms of the deal ARE correct! 'I'm feeling really well with Villa and would be open to extend with them if the terms are right,' adding in the Mail, 'I've read in the press that those two clubs would be interested in me. I don't know if they have spoken to Aston Villa, I haven't heard anything, but it's two big clubs and it's certainly something that would interest me.'

The Independent return to the Jermain Defoe link repeating the reports that Juande Ramos is willing to listen to offers for the England international striker. According to them the £16million summer signing Darren Bent might also be available. The Sun claim that Spurs will axe 8 players naming, Paul Robinson, Jermain Defoe, Pascal Chimbonda, Lee Young-Pyo, Anthony Gardner, Paul Stalteri, Wayne Routledge and Hossam Ghaly.

Sultana also reckon that keeper Thomas Sorensen is open to a move to Derby County.

I can't find any fuller quotes but when Arsene Wenger was asked about the chances of Justin Hoyte moving to Villa, the Arsenal manager said we had 'no chance' of getting the England U21 right-back.

The Mirror claim that Villa aren't giving up on signing Sevilla left-sided wing-back Jose Luis Crespo who has just signed a new deal with the Spanish club.

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A report on the FansFC site reckon Juventus are interested in Aston Villa striker John Carew. I do repeat, this is on FansFC and Carew only the other day said he was happy at Villa and wanted to stay here long term. As reported in the Villa Times yesterday: Big John Carew says he is happy and settled at Villa and would like to see his future with us and helping the club to fulfil their potential. The 28-year-old Hulk said: 'I hope to be a Villa player for many years. It's good to be at a club with such big potential. There's no reason why Villa shouldn't get into Europe. We've a lot of talent, a great manager and a lot of young players with great futures.'

And that folks, appears to be that for today. Lets hope come tomorrow (or the next day, or the next day, or the next day!!) we are talking about who we have signed, not who we might sign.

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Writer: J P Fear Mail feedback, articles or suggestions

Date:Wednesday January 9 2008

Time: 9:51AM

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this Laursen thing is beginning to worry me. Here we are in the transfer window waiting expectantly for new faces, and our player of the season so far is talking about the possibilty of going to other clubs.....typical villa!
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09/01/2008 11:15:00

As I said yesterday letting Laursen leave would be a disaster.
Adam Deuce
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09/01/2008 11:24:00

this sounds a bit harsh but surely laursen owes us a bit if loyalty after sticking with him through all of his injuries, but i agree it would be a disaster if he went
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09/01/2008 11:47:00

I think diasaster is a bit strong. We have Cahill and Knight as back up to Davies and Laursen.
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09/01/2008 11:48:00

A disaster, no. Annoying, disloyal, disrespectful - certainly. Laursen should be thinking about all the time we stuck with him and paid his wages, US airline invoices, and knee operation bills. For him even to be talking about going elsewhere after his first extended injury free run in the team is disgraceful on his part.
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09/01/2008 11:56:00

I totally agree and would not be surprised if MON tells him where to go. Totally disrespectful, and I believe he may not be in the managers plans long term. He did state that he would prefer to sign a new contract here, but he should not be mentioning other clubs. He may well be engineering the hope of higher wages/better offer from Villa.
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09/01/2008 12:22:00

Isn't this a bit hypocritical? We were quite happy to take Maloney off Celtic after he had been injured for a long time. Surely this is just the same? Players have no loyalty - it is their career. If someone offered you a pay rise and a new opportunity wouldn't you consider it?
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09/01/2008 13:58:00

CLVilla, you hit the nail on the head. Players have no loyalty. If 40,000 loyal people had been contributing their own money to my wages for 18 months, and I'd spent those 18 months not playing, but saying how fabulous they all were, then I would probably think twice about saying "I want to go somewhere else". However, you are probably right in predicting the outcome. A real shame.
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09/01/2008 14:45:00

INS - Jermaine Defoe -although Harry will have a crack at getting him. Matty Taylor a good option to cover the left and 3mill is a reasonable figure.Giles Barnes will offer the pace we need on the right to counter attack and at 19 has loads of potential.I believe that Martin may look at the Hutton thing as we need a RB, and at 23 he fits the profile of a young talented player.I also believe he will buy Tainio from spurs as a squad player. Outs- Tommy Sorensen and a few of the young lads on loan. UTV
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09/01/2008 14:54:00

PS - Laursen is going no where.The fact is he is out of contract and holds all the cards.He is playing out of his skin, is 30 and wants a good contract.This may be the last contract he will get.He works for a club owned by a $billionare that has the largest gates for the last 20 years in the richest league in the do the maths.Stop fretting, he is staying.And I now believe that Olaf may stay aswell, times are good and will only get better...UTV
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09/01/2008 15:32:00

he's just trying to negotiate a good deal for himself, i'd be surprised if he left, MON likes him the fans like him, dont think it will take much for him to sign a contract.
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09/01/2008 16:07:00

I agree, he'll stay and deserves a good deal. Defoe has other things on his mind tonight....Wish we were still in the cup!
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09/01/2008 16:36:00

Good old Bill Howell at the Evening Mail has us chasing Chimbonda as Spuds still want Hutton from Rangers as well as Chris Gunter who they have just signed. Defoe will consider coming if a fee can be agreed, and Diarra is a possibility at 5m.
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09/01/2008 17:24:00

Diarra left Chelsea because he wasn't getting a game now suprise suprise he isn't getting a game at Arsenal. Got to be something wrong there, maybe attitude problems.
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09/01/2008 17:46:00

Something like Lukey boy and Steven Davis, then? He's a proper footballer, though. The Spanish kid Crespo is still on the radar too, left sided defender / wing back.
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09/01/2008 18:17:00

I'd still like to see Eidur Gudjonssen in claret & blue.
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09/01/2008 18:18:00

Search for Barcelona home clips then :P
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09/01/2008 18:39:00

Real claret & blue, muppet.
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09/01/2008 19:21:00

Is Beefy10 'THE' Beefy? Why the name change? Still looks as if we're nowhere nearer a signing than we were on January 1st. Why we dont all go into hibernation until February 1st, and then wake up to be pleasantly surprised, I dont know. Save a lot of hair tearing out.
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09/01/2008 21:19:00

I hope we get Defoe. Wouldn't mind Doyle either, I know alot of the people on here are againts signing him but I reckon he'd be great for us. Still everyones talking about strikers and its getting a little too much. If we don't have a right side by Feb I'm going to retire from my job and stay in bed this season.
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