Are The Sunday Mirror Aving A Laff?!
Ralph Ellis of the Sunday Mirror has a report today saying that Villa will spend £25million on Chelsea winger Shaun Wright-Phillips, Spurs striker Jermain Defoe and Charlton right-back Luke Young.
Ok, all those links aren't exactly new, I can see us getting Luke Young next week if one of the other chasing pack don't tempt him more. The Mirror say he is rated at £5million which contradicts reports last week saying he would be allowed to leave having asked for a transfer for £2.75million. Still, when journalists make up the fee's to suit their reports anyway, how would we know what he is worth or what the club would take for him, it isn't as if they put him on ebay with a minimum bid value now is it?!
At least with this report I can see that Ralph Ellis has at least done a little research and knows that Martin O'Neill wants players in before the USA/Canada pre-season friendlies.
However, were the Mirror not the paper who broke the story that Jermain Defoe would not be sold for less than £18million? Does that mean we spend £3million on Young and Chelsea sell SWP to us for £4million! Not likely.
Reports for a while have suggested that Wright-Phillips would see Villa as his preferred destination IF Chelsea decide to sell him. That is a big IF because Chelski have no need to sell anyone and if SWP is sensible, he'll not ask for a transfer, because if he does, he could forgo a fortune in any agreements within his contract.
As for Defoe? I can see the reason for the links, I'd love to see him move and Villa does seem one of the most likely destinations if Spurs wanted to sell and if the player wanted to leave. However, at the moment he is at a club who will be in Europe next season and who will be challenging in the top six. Villa aren't in Europe and that makes a massive difference. That isn't to say the move and a chance of a regular start might not suit the striker though, for as long as he can't hold down a regular spot in the Spurs team - which is also no great shame, they have the splendid Dimitar Berbatov and Robbie Keane who, if I'm not mistaken, broke the 20 goals for a season for the first time last season (I'm sure Spurs fans will correct me if that isn't right).
So yes, nice links, all very good, nothing we've not seen before. Now lets hope the next week see's the links become reality, then we can get greedy and ask, who next?!?!?
So Ralph Ellis, you are under pressure, we'll be watching you and if this report ends up wrong, we'll be back to our usual chants:
We want Ellis Out - We want Ellis out!!!!