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Bent Or Defoe To Villa? Monday's Transfer Talk

Bent Or Defoe To Villa? Monday's Transfer Talk

The papers are all full of Villa links to Portsmouth striker Jermain Defoe again today. The Sun claims the striker had an argument with Portsmouth's under pressure manager Tony Adams who it appears is having half the team sold from around him. The red top report by Andrew Dillon claims the England striker 'threw a strop' after being told he was on the bench for the Arsenal game.

They quote Adams: 'Jermain was really annoyed with me for leaving him out and is still angry with me now. It was tactical. I wanted to line up exactly like we did at Liverpool. He may have a point and could turn round and say ‘You have got it wrong, boss, because you lost’.' He also says that despite the paper talk he has yet to have had a bid for the 26-year-old. 'I have had no offers for Defoe, not one.'

The Daily Mirror have a different angle saying we have contacted Portsmouth for the player and if we can't get him we'll go for Tottenham's Darren Bent. I think that report is a bit far fetched, they can't afford to sell another striker after letting Defoe leave last January and Dimitar Berbatov who sulked his way from the club in the summer. Having just read Vital Spurs their eds response is quite interesting, seems he believes the majority of Spurs fans would prefer Defoe to Bent. Bent to Villa? >> Click Here

The Mirror claim that Defoe wants a return to Spurs and if that happens O'Neill will go for Bent. They also claim, in direct contradiction to some of the whispers at the moment, that Emile Heskey is refusing to leave Wigan in the January transfer window and will instead wait until the summer when he can make a packet on a free. Michael Owen's Newcastle plan appears to follow the same pattern.

The Daily Mail meanwhile says Villa will spend up to £16million on Defoe. They claim Randy Lerner has been in contact with Portsmouth owner Alexandre Gaydamak who is looking to balance his books by selling the quality players at Pompey making his managers job nigh on impossible to do!

The Daily Mail also claim that Manchester City are looking to buy West Ham striker Craig Bellamy who has been linked several times with Villa.

Click here to join in the debate on the club forum.

Writer:J P Fear
Date:Monday December 29 2008
Time: 10:37AM

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I actually think Spurs would look to sell Bent if they got another striker, such as Defoe. I think Bent would be brilliant at Villa as you play to his strengths, so he can play facing goal and would have willing runners on his shoulder in young and agbonlahor. this isnt something he gets at spurs where in the maim he is alone and isolated in attack..
29/12/2008 11:38:00
Defoe can't go to spurs (premier league rules!), and despite HR claiming to know everything about the offers pompey have had for there players, Tony has denied he has had any offers for Defoe, and claims he doesn't want to sell either. Personaly, I would say he can go if he wants too - his heart hasn't looked in it for a long time - although I can't really understand why you would WANT him. you have Gabby don't you?
29/12/2008 12:55:00
Would prefer Bent to Defoe. Bent is a bigger, stronger player. He just needs a run of games and his confidence back.
29/12/2008 13:47:00
I too would prefer bent,He is the better player and as said above he is bigger.Put either one of them in our team and they would get at least 18 a season in the league.
29/12/2008 14:08:00
bent would fit into villa much better.
29/12/2008 15:08:00
£16 million on Defoe? Rip off Britain!
29/12/2008 18:04:00
The thought of Darren Bent arriving does not excite me at all. I'd much prefer Defoe, but I think that he's a nailed on cert to end up back with Harry Redknapp at White Hart Lane.
06/01/2009 17:27:00
Emile Heskey still seems to be a distinct possibility, despite talk of him seeing out the season at Wigan, but here again, like Bent, his arrival would not be welcomed by yours truly. Hopefully MON shares my line of thinking.
06/01/2009 17:29:00
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