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Friday's Transfer Talk Including £14m Striker Bid?

Friday's Transfer Talk Including £14m Striker Bid?

Martin O'Neill has again stated it is important that Villa look to strengthen the squad but says Villa won't be caught out paying stupid prices. 'If we can do that it will be great. If we are unable to do it then it won’t be through a lack of trying. You don’t mind paying a bit over the odds but if it becomes outrageous then you decide to leave it. Every club in the Premier League is in a similar situation to ourselves, thinking wouldn’t it be nice to add to it.'

Sunderland manager Ricky Sbragia has apparently warned he would rather 'walk out' of the job than sell striker Kenwyne Jones who has been linked with Villa and Tottenham.

A report in the Times says that Spurs and England striker Darren Bent is being used as bait in a swap deal with Kenwyne Jones could be on his way to Sunderland, however, with Spurs stepping up their attempts to sign Sunderland striker Kenwyne Jones by offering the England international in exchange. And the Sun say Spurs have bid £13million for the striker we are also said to be after turned down by the Black Cats.

In an exclusive by James Nursey in the The Mirror it is claimed that Villa are on the brink of a £14million bid for Spurs striker Darren Bent

The report says O'Neill is a fan of the 24-year-old striker and had tried to muscle in when he moved from Charlton to Spurs for £16.5million. The striker has 12 goals in total this season for the White Hart Lane outfit, 7 in the Premier League, 4 in Europe and 1 League Cup goal.

The Mirror article says that Bent would go to Villa not only because we are Champions League candidates but also due to the large number English international players already at the mighty Claret and Blues.

James Nursery further claims that Harry Redknapp might try to get a swap deal despite Randy Lerner having the funds for a straight cash purchase with Nicky Shorey (who has been linked with Spurs before in this transfer window) or former West Ham midfielder Nigel Hokey-Cokey being potential targets. With the Hokey-Cokey now playing at right-back he might well be unsettled and fancy a trip back down to London. I would think that would get mixed reactions from Villa fans, what do you think?

Bent's Wiki entry, not always the most reliabale stats wise but a good guide: Click Here

According to the wiki stats, in a struggling Charlton side he had a 1 in 2 goal ratio. England U21's he has played 14 times scoring 8 goals and he has earnt 4 full caps for his national team as well. For Spurs he has appeared 47 times scoring 13 goals (that must be PL goals I'd assume) and a fair number of those appearances for Spurs would have been from the bench before Sulky boy Dimitar Berbatov was sold.

Writer:J P Fear
Date:Friday January 16 2009
Time: 10:05AM


No way NRC can go. INVALUABLE member of squad. Darren Bent or Kenwynne Jones would be excellent. What about cash plus Shorey for Gareth Bale?
16/01/2009 10:16:00
can we not go for kaka, we only have to up the bid to 110mill! only joking, i would seriously think about leaving football behind if we started spending those amounts on 1 player, back to darren bent I would be very happy if we got him, he would fit in very well with MON plans for world domanation!
16/01/2009 10:22:00
Lets keep NRC and pay the cash. Bent would be a very good buy in my mind, but surely he would cost less than £14 million, more like £10 million in my book?
16/01/2009 10:22:00
Keep Hokey, Buy Bent, Offload Shorey in some kind of part exchange for Bale. I reckon under MON Bale would be twice the player he could ever be under Harry 'the ballbag' Redknapp.
16/01/2009 10:29:00
We cant really afford to lose squad members, pay the cash.
16/01/2009 10:39:00
I agree bent would be a fantastic buy,NRC can play in two or three different positions and do a sound job that is something not a lot of players can offer(mind you a few of our players can now thanks to the intelligence of o`neill).Give them shorey and 7 or 8 million and it would be a great deal for us.
16/01/2009 10:42:00
i will drive shorey down there, he is cack. coker cant go anywhere though, to important at the moment.
16/01/2009 10:52:00
im meeting james nursery (nursey) for lunch later - I will see what I can get out of him!
16/01/2009 10:53:00
AC Milan this is Dr Evil calling, we want Kaka and we will be willing to PAY..... ONE HUNDRED THOUSAND POUNDS! um um! Dr Evil this is 2009, oh!. ... we want to buy Kaka and will be willing to PAY................. ONE HUNDRED MILLION POUNDS!....... um um! Dr Evil, now your just being a c4ck!
16/01/2009 11:05:00
The more I think about Darren is Bent, the better it feels! reckon MON will get him back to his best.
In MON we trust!
16/01/2009 11:09:00
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