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Villa In Talks With Jermain Defoe?

Villa In Talks With Jermain Defoe?

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.

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Writer:J P Fear
Date:Thursday January 17 2008
Time: 10:24AM

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Sign him up Martin!!!! He can be our first 20 goals a season man in years! Lets bring the speculation to an end once and for all. UTV
17/01/2008 10:43:00
He might cost you more if KK at Newcastle shows any interest!
17/01/2008 10:43:00
i agree, I'd like him at VP too. My main concern would be how we make room for him? We still seem to enjoy playing the long ball up to a big striker which would imply playing Carew with Defoe and moving Gabby out to the right wing. He's excellent going forwards on the right but I'm not convinced about how much he would track back. To play Gabby and Defoe up front would mean changing away from the long ball which I would welcome. Bring Carew on as an impact player later on...
Silver Fox
17/01/2008 10:44:00
He will score you more than 20 goals a season if he starts every game. (which he should)
17/01/2008 10:48:00
Yes Yes Yes.
17/01/2008 10:50:00
Would be a great signing. Gives us options. Don't want to see Gabby out wide though. He is not the player wide as he is central. Defoe could play with either Carew or Gabby but I think he would also have his days when he would be on the bench as well. Gives us a chance to rest Gabby, which MON hasn't been able to do. Go get him, MON.
17/01/2008 11:01:00
Sign him up, now. Him and Chimbonda too.
17/01/2008 11:05:00
You get the feeling Carew is seen as our main striker in MON's eyes. If Gabby get some experience on the wing though it will do him no harm, he may even turn out to be better there than in the center if he has Defoe to feed balls into. Sometimes with his pace Gabby's up there on his own, hopefully Defoe can change that
17/01/2008 11:05:00
Errrr. Do we have a Right Back yet?
17/01/2008 11:09:00
I agree with the Carew being MON's main striker opinion. Whenever Carew is vaguely fit, he's chucked into the side. If Defoe came, Gabby would go out to the right, that's no problem for me, i think if the guy could learn to deliver, he'd be great down there, plus he always get's sucked in to the middle in any case. I can just see Defoe scoring for fun with us, due to the sheer amount of chances we create in a game that don't get finished off. I'm excited about this now, so if it doesn't happen, i'll be royally peed least it will feel more like a transfer window again though.
17/01/2008 11:12:00
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