Writer: J P Fear
Date:Thursday January 17 2008
According to Lisa Smith at the Birmingham Post, Villa are closing in on Spurs striker Jermain Defoe.
Lisa says that the England international could be due to sign if the two clubs can agree a fee for the 25-year-old who has found himself getting splinters on the Spurs bench in recent seasons. The fee might be a problem though as Spurs are notoriously difficult to negotiate with, after all they got £18million for Michael Carrick who was also in his last year of a contract. £18million? You've got to laugh at that one, what were Manchester United thinking?
The report claims 'a source close to the player' says that Defoe was at Bodymoor Heath (Villa's training ground) yesterday talking to Martin O'Neill.
The source said: 'Jermain has been to talk to Villa - the problem is now negotiating the fee and that may prove to be the sticking point.' Fees between £7-£12million have been bandied about in recent weeks and Villa were also strongly linked to Defoe last summer.
Defoe has already been told by new Spurs boss Ramos that he can leave with Martin O'Neill buying players in contention for England positions both senior and U21, the move would surely make sense to Defoe who needs to put himself back in contention in the international scene having fallen down the pecking order thanks to a lack of first team chances at Spurs.
Defoe scored 18 goals in all competitions last year (10 in the Premier League) despite being on the bench for much of the season. This season he has 8 goals in all competitions (4 in the Prem including one against us)
Good move? For me it would be, think he could be stunning and is a proven goalscorer at all levels who will surely come with a massive chip on his shoulder for the way he has spent so much time on the bench at Spurs and with a massive point to prove.
This is the sort of quality Villa need and surely he could help us make a mad dash for the 4th spot that seems wide open but even if that is a long shot, he'd help us finish top six and in Europe.
A report in the Express & Star is claiming that the report of him being at Bodymoor Heath yesterday is untrue.
Date:Thursday January 17 2008
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