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The Birmingham Mail have suggested that Villa boss Martin O'Neill is keen on signing Tottenham Hotspur pair Aaron Lennon and Tom Huddlestone. Not bad links I must say and certainly ones that follow the young British player 'policy'! We have also been linked to Spurs keeper Paul Robinson. We'll end up with half the future England team at this rate!

Another report says that O'Neill has an interest in a few Getafe players, links that result from him watching Bayern Munich v Getafe a week or so back. Again this rumour from the Birmingham Mail, who claim he is interested in Ruben De la Red , Esteban Granero, Ikechukwu Uche, Pablo Hernandez and Cata Diaz. No, I have no idea either and ever the investigative journalist, I can't be bothered to look too deeply into them up because the reporter has just put 2+2 together and come out with a clutch of names. Why not name a few from Munich as well to complete the set?

We are also being linked to Fiorentina players after Villa scouts view the PSV Eindhoven v Fiorentina Uefa cup game. Apparently Mario Santana, a young Argentinian midfielder along with strikers Riccardo Montolivo and Giampaolo Pazziniwere being watched.

Another report says that Barnsley want to fend off interest from Aston Villa, Everton and Sunderland for Brian Howard. The 25-year-old attacking midfielder has bagged 15 goals in 45 games for Barnsley. The Sun say Barnsley are set to offer him a new £10,000 a week deal to stay.

A slightly less exciting link has returned to a gossip site which claims that Sheffield United are expecting bids for top scorer James Beattie. The 30-year-old former Everton and Southamtpon player, who has 21 goals in 38 games, is apparently attracting interest from Villa, Pompey, Middlesbrough, Blackburn Rovers and Sunderland.

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Writer:J P Fear
Date:Wednesday April 16 2008
Time: 10:59AM

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Lennon and Huddlestone would be interesting? Seen some Spurs fans saying they haven't developed as they had hoped but MON is good at getting the best out of players.
The Fear
16/04/2008 11:03:00
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haha offer 10k to make him stay at barnsley, im sure if any of them 3 are interested he'll be happy to go for less! like lennon and huddlestone, would prefer a central midfield flair players though
benham
16/04/2008 11:03:00
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that rumour from the mail is from 2 weeks ago! come on mr fear, ask me for the up to date rumours, i work for them!!
bobbyfett
16/04/2008 11:14:00
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Routledge would be *****ed off if we got Lennon!
dazh
16/04/2008 11:30:00
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Montolivo is quality as is Santana, De La Red & Granero. Problem is the latter two are on loan fro Real and are classed as good prospects I just cant see it happening. I just can't many if any of these coming to anything. But then again who knows!
neilav182
16/04/2008 11:34:00
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Am a big fan of Huddleston, and think Mon would get the best ot of Robinson. Heard many good things about Santana. Brian Howard, is just like Eastwood, had one good season, scored against one of the top 4 teams, and suddenly every one is after him. p.s Eastwood sucks now.
Faroe_villa_rules
16/04/2008 11:41:00
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The poicy of buying young english talent is a very good 1 we did it and finished 5th twice and can see you guys possibly doing the same in the future. I think it can only take you so far though although we have a lot of brits in our side i can see a big influx of foreign players who Ramos likes in the summer. I personally cant see Lennon or Thudd leaving theyre both talented lads and vital to our future, i can see why MON would be interested in them though. I think Villa would be the perfect place for Robbo though to rediscover his form and i can see that deal happening, the other 2 unless Ramos has other plans for players in their position i cant see it happening. A mate of mine whos a Rangers fan cant stop talking about how good steven davis is, is this the case and why did you sell him?
HuddersfieldYiddo
16/04/2008 12:20:00
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tell me about it
ric112
16/04/2008 12:27:00
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The same reason Fulham loaned him out he is not good enough at the Premiership level plus like Faroe_villa_rules's comment on Howard, Davis was a one season wonder. Huddlestone is the only one of the names above that excites me. Robbo would be ok, and the rest are either rubbish or i simply have not heard of them.
young_jonah
16/04/2008 12:41:00
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Well I have heard of them on Football Manager, but contrary to popular thinking on here, just cause they are good on that game doesnt mean they are in real life.
young_jonah
16/04/2008 12:43:00
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