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Sunday's Aston Villa Transfer Talk

The People today have a report saying that Martin O'Neill has targeted a 10million January transfer for Portsmouth striker Jermain Defoe.

The striker, who moved from Spurs last January to Fratton Park - and despite the protestations of some Villa fans even now, we did not lose out in the bidding war and Jermain did not choose Portsmouth over Villa, we simply did NOT bid for the England striker. That is 100% fact!

The report says Pompey owner Sacha Gaydamak has to sell due to financial pressures and O'Neill, the charitable soul he is, is willing to help out by taking the striker to Villa Park!

The red top also claims that O'Neill has decided against trying for Blackburn striker Roque Santa Cruz and that the other supposed target, Emile Heskey wants to stay at Wigan until the summer when he can leave on a free.

The People say Redknapp bought Defoe for Pompey in a 7.5m swoop, but rules state that he cannot go back to Spurs within a year. However, that is currently being investigated at the highest level..

Talking about Heskey, the Wigan chairman Dave Whelan has confirmed he has received no bids for the England 'striker'.

In other reports, it looks like there is no shortage of interest for Villa's onloan winger Wayne Routledge who we bought from Spurs last January for 1.25m. Apparently both Cardiff City and Queens Park Rangers want to sign him permanently.

The News Of The World today says that Manchester United Ben Foster is keen to leave Old Trafford in order to get his England career back on track. Aston Villa, Spurs and Middlesbrough are all apparently willing to meet the 4m price tag.

Sky Sports report that Villa are after Dutch starlet defender Arsenio Halfhuid after catching the scouts eye playing for Excelsior Rotterdam.




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Writer: J P Fear Mail feedback, articles or suggestions

Date:Sunday December 21 2008

Time: 11:15AM

Your Comments

if the defoe rumour is true - i would still imagine theres another striker in to - someone who can play in europe
ThePretender
If MON wasn't interested in Defoe last summer, or the summer before that, why now?
Saurat
Is Defoe not eligible to play when European competitions restarts anyway? That was the case, as I understood it, for players moving to a club in the CL anyway, as explained when MON played Barry at the start of the season and his move to L'pool was still possible.
Villan Of The North
I don't want Defoe, and definitely don't want Santa Cruz who is a game here and game there merchant, and even then never for 90 minutes. Fingers crossed MON gets someone else in who is better than these.
stennyvilla
stennyvilla, who do you want then? These are just rumours from tabloids and not worth a second look. If we are in the hunt for a striker at all, then who would be everyones choice? Bearing in mind that we willl all disagree as that's our perogative to do so.
holte ender 1969
Defoes a great player. Always banging em in. Santa cruz im not too fussed about. For me he isnt a proven goal machine. Crouch over hesky or defoe. He's more like what we need
medzy
What about this Arsenio Halfuid character then? Can't find anything about him on the t'interweb...Sky Sports say we're close to signing him...apparently we're desperate to sign him. If true O'Neill and his scouts must be livid it's become public as now other clubs will be wondering what the fuss is about...
olafthegreat
kevin kuranyi holte ender. only prob is that he wants his place in the german national squad and they dont like players from outside the bundesliga. otherwise would/could be excellent. quick, great header, tall, dribbles well and scores plenty. (i've no evidence for this, but tabloids have no more so what the hell? - still like to see him playin for us)
NorthcliffeBandit
Ben Foster? Cant imagine that is true. Although I know for a fact, that MON did try to sign him in the summer but SAF would only allow him to move on loan.
young_jonah
I cant see anything in the Defoe link, although I'd love to see him at Brummagem B6. I just think that he's a nailed on cert, if Portsmouth decide to off-load him, to end up back at White Hart Lane with old boss and mentor Harry Redknapp.
glensider
Why on earth would we be in for Ben Foster. That guy is surely looking for immediate first team playing time, and we cant offer him that. While I'm not convinced about the long term future of Brad Guzan, I cant think for one minute that we are in the market for another keeper right at this moment.
glensider
 

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