Monday's Aston Villa Transfer Gossip
I'm surprised, with just a week to go in the transfer window, that there isn't more gossip about! Seems the journalists have grown tired and are coming up with less links by the day!
According to various reports Martin O'Neill wants an answer from Newcastle United today over the proposed James Milner transfer.
The press have said that Kevin Keegan is keen to keep the winger at the Toon and will have talks with his board on Tuesday or Wednesday about the England U21 player as well as finding out what the situation is with offering Michael Owen a new contract. (Reports are suggesting Owen will let his contract run down this season as the Magpies want him to take a pay cut!) The Mirror say that 'Milner is officially 'not for sale' at the Toon but he has asked for a rise and a new contract after Villa went as far as offering £9million for him. Now Milner wants to know if Newcastle are serious about keeping him and is awaiting their offer, which is due to be on the table in the next few days.'
They also say that O'Neill is 'in a flap for recruits' as he wants at least one or two more new faces in before the transfer window slams shut on August 31. They also claim that his big money target was Blackburn's Roque Santa Cruz but now he has signed a new deal at Rovers, that chance is over.
Looks like Shaun Wright-Phillips might be on the move with strong links to Everton, wonder if we'll get involved in bidding for the Chelsea and England winger?
Meanwhile Reading boss Steve Coppell has told The Daily Mirror that supposed Villa target Kevin Doyle is not for sale. 'I've had no calls about Kevin Doyle for probably about two weeks-plus now. They can't make bids unless they call, and I haven't had a call, so I haven't had a bid. No-one is for sale, I don't have a 'for sale' window and I don't have to sell anybody.'
Sky Sports have reported Valencia vice-president Fernando Gomez as saying that Nikola Zigic's future is in his own hands. Reports have linked the striker to Aston Villa, Everton and Sunderland for a season-long loan. Gomez told skysports.com: 'The exit of Nikola Zigic is next. Now, the decision corresponds with them (Zigic and his agent) and Valencia is prepared to close the deal.'