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Villa In Battle For David Bentley?

England and Blackburn midfielder David Bentley has a host of clubs including Aston Villa, Spurs, Manchester City and Liverpool all apparently after his services following his announcement that he wants to leave Ewood Park.

The 23-year-old told Sky Sports News: 'I have made it clear to the club what I want to do. The situation is I want to move on. I want to be playing Champions League football, or in Europe. I want a new challenge. I believe I have done as much as I can at the club and want to push on somewhere else.' Adding, 'I owe them so much and I hope I’ve repaid them with the way I’ve played. I’ve been here for three years and I love the club but I feel like I’ve done everything I can. I want to move on and try to push up the ladder.'

Would be good to see us in the mix for him, one in one out still won't build the squad though! I can't see Liverpool having the funds, Manchester City certainly do so it would all depend on how well Bentley got on with his former Blackburn boss Mark Hughes. Spurs or Villa? Tough one, both have the money, both are ambitious, does the lad want to be further up north or does he fancy a return to the capital? Who knows....!




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Writer: J P Fear Mail feedback, articles or suggestions

Date:Monday June 16 2008

Time: 10:31AM

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We must make a move for this player to show 1. Ambition 2. Mean Business 3. Outlay our intentions to our rivals!!!
erv2005
We must make a move for this player to show 1. Ambition 2. Mean Business 3. Outlay our intentions to our rivals!!!
erv2005
if bents went to city or villa then the guy is a looney! it mytg be a step foward this year as you are in europe but if you dont qualify next season he will jus want to move on again
kendog
if bents went to city or villa then the guy is a looney! it mytg be a step foward this year as you are in europe but if you dont qualify next season he will jus want to move on again
kendog
Liverpool won't be able to afford him. We have a real chance of nailing him. I hope MON wants him.
The Usual Suspect
Liverpool won't be able to afford him. We have a real chance of nailing him. I hope MON wants him.
The Usual Suspect
Would be mad not to. Young, (Potentially) talented and ENGLISH. Fits the MON mould...
industrial_musical
Would be mad not to. Young, (Potentially) talented and ENGLISH. Fits the MON mould...
industrial_musical
There's every chance MON is in for him; young and british. But worth 15mil? From what i've seen him he's not that outstanding.
johnnyuk
There's every chance MON is in for him; young and british. But worth 15mil? From what i've seen him he's not that outstanding.
johnnyuk
If o`neill gets a chance to speak to him he will convince him,But i reckon he has spurs written all over him.
british84
If o`neill gets a chance to speak to him he will convince him,But i reckon he has spurs written all over him.
british84
If we are interested? Because apparently we are after everyone. Only the papers forgot to tell MON. If it is true and it's a choice between us spuds and that chubby spanish bloke, then i hate to say it but he won't be coming to villa. L'pool are in the champions league but are skint. Spuds though are in europe and they have been busy this transfer window. They've put their money where their mouth is and shown their intentions. Whereas at villa park we're still running from the bullies in liverpool who are trying to steal are best sweets. Then there is his old boss at Man C. I think i know which is the more appealing to any potential new players. MON has got to get used to these windows and nail his targets early.
Mister Mick
If we are interested? Because apparently we are after everyone. Only the papers forgot to tell MON. If it is true and it's a choice between us spuds and that chubby spanish bloke, then i hate to say it but he won't be coming to villa. L'pool are in the champions league but are skint. Spuds though are in europe and they have been busy this transfer window. They've put their money where their mouth is and shown their intentions. Whereas at villa park we're still running from the bullies in liverpool who are trying to steal are best sweets. Then there is his old boss at Man C. I think i know which is the more appealing to any potential new players. MON has got to get used to these windows and nail his targets early.
Mister Mick
Yea, not sure on his attitude though? But hopefully fingers crossed we can make a move, Are Man City in Europe? Something to do with fairplay?
erv2005
Yea, not sure on his attitude though? But hopefully fingers crossed we can make a move, Are Man City in Europe? Something to do with fairplay?
erv2005
According to the papers he wants to go to LFC.
Adam Deuce
According to the papers he wants to go to LFC.
Adam Deuce
Adam, seems everyone does apparantley.
steako
Adam, seems everyone does apparantley.
steako
he fits MONs idea of a player and MON should be able to curb this dudes ego which seems rather big.
leftfoot
he fits MONs idea of a player and MON should be able to curb this dudes ego which seems rather big.
leftfoot
Think your spot on, will return to the capital not sure what club, maybe club fabric/koko club or some other vip dive....
Eircol
Think your spot on, will return to the capital not sure what club, maybe club fabric/koko club or some other vip dive....
Eircol
He would never come to us. He said himself he wants to be playing Champs league
PTP
He would never come to us. He said himself he wants to be playing Champs league
PTP
He wouldn't go near Fabric, more likely some kind of Pasha experience at Scala or some **** like that.
PTP
He wouldn't go near Fabric, more likely some kind of Pasha experience at Scala or some **** like that.
PTP
he won't get champs league unless he moves to the bench at liverpooh alongside barry.
industrial_musical
Did he mention in his interview that he is looking to leave the North West???
PaulG
he won't get champs league unless he moves to the bench at liverpooh alongside barry.
industrial_musical
Did he mention in his interview that he is looking to leave the North West???
PaulG
He didn't say he wanted CL. He said he wanted CL or Europe. And as we'll be in the UEFA Cup next season we fit his criteria - so lets get him on board.
NoEllis82
He didn't say he wanted CL. He said he wanted CL or Europe. And as we'll be in the UEFA Cup next season we fit his criteria - so lets get him on board.
NoEllis82
I dont think we will a) go for him or b) get him. He hasnt got pace which is MON big criteria for the wings. Whether he could play CM like Barry remains to be seen. would imagine we would go for Milner or SWP ahead of him tho. Liverpool will not be able to afford him he will go to City or Spurs maybe Pompy if they decide they want him.
Tez86
I dont think we will a) go for him or b) get him. He hasnt got pace which is MON big criteria for the wings. Whether he could play CM like Barry remains to be seen. would imagine we would go for Milner or SWP ahead of him tho. Liverpool will not be able to afford him he will go to City or Spurs maybe Pompy if they decide they want him.
Tez86
He is massively over-rated, good player but nomore than 10m. Milner and a confident Wright-Phillips are better IMO
notthedougellisstand
He is massively over-rated, good player but nomore than 10m. Milner and a confident Wright-Phillips are better IMO
notthedougellisstand
Yours for 15mil lads, we don't want him anymore enjoy his whinging and toy throwing.
MajiRovers
Yours for 15mil lads, we don't want him anymore enjoy his whinging and toy throwing.
MajiRovers
nice to know us and blackburn have something in common at the moment.!
industrial_musical
nice to know us and blackburn have something in common at the moment.!
industrial_musical
I would certainly like to see MON go after him. He has plenty of pace, and crosses a beautiful ball. Bentley on the right would make a perfect counterpart to Young on the left. I don't see any of the top three going after him because ManU and Chelsea have depth on the right and I can't imagine him returning to Arsenal. Pool should be after him with both barrels, but there's no indication that they are and they will be strapped for cash if they continue to pursue Barry. I can't see him going to Spurs because they already have Lennon - I guess they could shift him to the left or Bentley to the center, but both are less natural fits. ManCity are definite possibilities if he would like to link up with the old boss. Pompey have bags of depth in the middle. Dunno, looks like Villa and City make the most sense if Pool continue to hunt Barry. I would love to see him in the claret and blue.
Banned User
I would certainly like to see MON go after him. He has plenty of pace, and crosses a beautiful ball. Bentley on the right would make a perfect counterpart to Young on the left. I don't see any of the top three going after him because ManU and Chelsea have depth on the right and I can't imagine him returning to Arsenal. Pool should be after him with both barrels, but there's no indication that they are and they will be strapped for cash if they continue to pursue Barry. I can't see him going to Spurs because they already have Lennon - I guess they could shift him to the left or Bentley to the center, but both are less natural fits. ManCity are definite possibilities if he would like to link up with the old boss. Pompey have bags of depth in the middle. Dunno, looks like Villa and City make the most sense if Pool continue to hunt Barry. I would love to see him in the claret and blue.
Banned User
We should be in for Aiden McGready and switch ashley young between both flanks.
johnnyuk
We should be in for Aiden McGready and switch ashley young between both flanks.
johnnyuk
Think you'll be lucky to get him he wants Champions League football
Tiny T
Think you'll be lucky to get him he wants Champions League football
Tiny T
Rubbish, overrated, loud mouthed and blinged up to max. No way do we want him.
Villan444
Rubbish, overrated, loud mouthed and blinged up to max. No way do we want him.
Villan444
Rubbish i disagree with, he might be a little overrated, but he is pretty good. I keep thinking he'll get a lot better though.
The Usual Suspect
Rubbish i disagree with, he might be a little overrated, but he is pretty good. I keep thinking he'll get a lot better though.
The Usual Suspect
He will get better, why is everybody so impatient...
industrial_musical
He will get better, why is everybody so impatient...
industrial_musical
If you are to get him you would have two excellent wide men. Carew with his height should score a sackful with Young and Bentleys delivery.
dazza71
If you are to get him you would have two excellent wide men. Carew with his height should score a sackful with Young and Bentleys delivery.
dazza71
Spare a thought for Blackburn right now. Lost Hughes, losing Bentley, losing Santa Cruz, losing McCarthy, maybe gaining McLaren. Genuinely, I like Blackburn, and I'm feeling a bit sorry for them right now.
evoflash
Spare a thought for Blackburn right now. Lost Hughes, losing Bentley, losing Santa Cruz, losing McCarthy, maybe gaining McLaren. Genuinely, I like Blackburn, and I'm feeling a bit sorry for them right now.
evoflash
If we hadn't qualified for the Intertoto, that might have been us! Pheew!
Villan-in-Cyprus
If we hadn't qualified for the Intertoto, that might have been us! Pheew!
Villan-in-Cyprus
are villa buying santa cruz?!?!?!?!
industrial_musical
are villa buying santa cruz?!?!?!?!
industrial_musical
You Don't have to feel sorry for us, WE HAVE FAITH. Losing Hughes Bents and whoever else is a blow but we will go on, and we'll push you all the way again next year!!!
MajiRovers
You Don't have to feel sorry for us, WE HAVE FAITH. Losing Hughes Bents and whoever else is a blow but we will go on, and we'll push you all the way again next year!!!
MajiRovers
Think he will either go to us or Liverpool if im honest. Would love to see him with us next season, quality player and I can forgive him straight away for his spell with Le Scum down the road from us. If he does join us at least he has seen the white side
matt..shelfsidespurs
Think he will either go to us or Liverpool if im honest. Would love to see him with us next season, quality player and I can forgive him straight away for his spell with Le Scum down the road from us. If he does join us at least he has seen the white side
matt..shelfsidespurs
So we won`t get bentley because HE wants champions league football-1-What has he ever done to make him out of our league.2-Just because wants champions league fotball doesn`t mean champions league teams want him.The funny thing about human beings is that if someone says they are top draw enough times a lot of people will just swallow it and accept it.
british84
So we won`t get bentley because HE wants champions league football-1-What has he ever done to make him out of our league.2-Just because wants champions league fotball doesn`t mean champions league teams want him.The funny thing about human beings is that if someone says they are top draw enough times a lot of people will just swallow it and accept it.
british84
Yeah exactly, look at Ronaldo.
Villan-in-Cyprus
Yeah exactly, look at Ronaldo.
Villan-in-Cyprus
I agree, he's a big time Charlie. I don't think he's a MON type of player. Way over priced, he'll go to Citeh and score against us on the first day of the season!
tarzan
I agree, he's a big time Charlie. I don't think he's a MON type of player. Way over priced, he'll go to Citeh and score against us on the first day of the season!
tarzan
wont happen
Pking
wont happen
Pking
Wouldve been nice to get bents and played him along side barry! oh well, he does fit MONs bill though, he behaviour won't matter as we know how MON is with man-management, we also know how good he is at getting the best out of players, villa would suit bents.
johnmurphy3112
Wouldve been nice to get bents and played him along side barry! oh well, he does fit MONs bill though, he behaviour won't matter as we know how MON is with man-management, we also know how good he is at getting the best out of players, villa would suit bents.
johnmurphy3112
Brilliant in flashes, ordinary most of time....can't say i think he's worth 15m...could get SWP & Milner for that!!!
Kuffit
Brilliant in flashes, ordinary most of time....can't say i think he's worth 15m...could get SWP & Milner for that!!!
Kuffit
i dont think we will get him because he will be offered more money at other teams, like city, portsmouth, west ham, tottenham and the top four. also we don't seen to by the bast players from good teams, but rather players that arn't getting a game. which is completly frustrating but the way it seems to be. thats not to say that we couldn't get him if we just started to spend a bit more like those other teams.
liamo1981
i dont think we will get him because he will be offered more money at other teams, like city, portsmouth, west ham, tottenham and the top four. also we don't seen to by the bast players from good teams, but rather players that arn't getting a game. which is completly frustrating but the way it seems to be. thats not to say that we couldn't get him if we just started to spend a bit more like those other teams.
liamo1981
I hope MON has gone in for him and I know I am bias but I think Villa is his best option: Spurs have a lot of players who play his position and have a record of buying a star one season replacing him the next so he might not get long term football. Liverpool have no money and Man City and Liverpool are both having trouble at the top with their owners, I give Hughes half a season before he starts to get rosted by the chairman and one season befor he's sacked. But Villa have no such troubles. I dont think it will happen though.
Tallaght Villan
I hope MON has gone in for him and I know I am bias but I think Villa is his best option: Spurs have a lot of players who play his position and have a record of buying a star one season replacing him the next so he might not get long term football. Liverpool have no money and Man City and Liverpool are both having trouble at the top with their owners, I give Hughes half a season before he starts to get rosted by the chairman and one season befor he's sacked. But Villa have no such troubles. I dont think it will happen though.
Tallaght Villan
Villa is ALWAYS the best option! :)
industrial_musical
Villa is ALWAYS the best option! :)
industrial_musical
Villa is definitely his best option! Spurs are simply using their current financial status to buy players left right and centre, whilst Villa are takig their time and are biulding a squad for the future. Bentley would be a fantastic signing, a quality player, adding much to our current team. Come on MON, get up close and personal with him, and he'll soon see what is best for his career!!!
romanianvillain
Villa is definitely his best option! Spurs are simply using their current financial status to buy players left right and centre, whilst Villa are takig their time and are biulding a squad for the future. Bentley would be a fantastic signing, a quality player, adding much to our current team. Come on MON, get up close and personal with him, and he'll soon see what is best for his career!!!
romanianvillain
I'd very much like to see him at Villa Park, but, sadly I think he will opt for Champions League football. If Ronaldo leaves OT, which is looking increasingly likely, then I'd expect Bentley to end up there.
glensider
I'd very much like to see him at Villa Park, but, sadly I think he will opt for Champions League football. If Ronaldo leaves OT, which is looking increasingly likely, then I'd expect Bentley to end up there.
glensider
Not sure whether I'd prefer Bentley or Milner though in truth. The latter would certainly fit MON's style of play better.
glensider
Not sure whether I'd prefer Bentley or Milner though in truth. The latter would certainly fit MON's style of play better.
glensider
 

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