Writer: J P Fear
Date:Wednesday July 11 2007
Ok, not so much in the press today and what is mostly suggests links aren't coming rather than they are!
The Express and Star today say that Spurs would want in the region of £18million for England striker Jermain Defoe, mostly because they are being forced to sell and the player has two years left on his contract. Villa and Portsmouth were both linked at around £8million. I believe Pompey actually put a bid in and were rejected, although there is the slight (90%?!!) possibility that I'm wrong. (Never I hear you cry).
This could well be paper talk, Darren Bent only cost £16.5million (ONLY!!!) so why would their now 4th choice striker be worth more?
Another link that isn't coming, and I think you will all share me in being totally 'gutted' is Marlon Harewood from West Ham. Apparently Wigan Athletic are buying him. Ok, 1, 2, 3 collective sigh of relief NOW.
According to the Sun Villa are 'weighing up' a £3million bid for Norweigan international defender Brede Hangeland. If I was Villa I'd stop weighing and start wading in, pre-season has started, the tour isn't far off and the season will soon be upon us!
Hangeland, who has 30 caps (and if he is going to boast about that, then I've got 10 pairs of trainers) is a central defender currently at FC Copenhagen. He has also been linked to Manchester City, another sleeping giant with a new big money owner, seems to be a lot of us about!
Some sites are saying that Villa have signed 15-year-old Watford midfielder Harry Forrester on a three-year deal. I can't see confirmation on the official site as yet though. However academy director Bryan Jones has said: 'We heard last week he had turned Watford down, were given permission to speak to him and he has agreed a deal with Villa. As always at this age, there is a long way to go with a player, but we believe he has a great talent.'
-----Oh, and the Birmingham Mail say that Villa have offered Mark Delaney a two month contract extension as he fights to regain his fitness following knee surgery.
Date:Wednesday July 11 2007
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