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Itandje - Only Spin or Villa Keeper?

At least when Aston Villa are linked with players that we know something about we can make a decision as to whether they'd fit into the squad - but what about when an obscure player from the continent is linked?

Apologies in advance to French readers of Vital Villa, and also to those who have a far deeper understanding of the French game than myself, but I doubt many know much about Lens goalkeeper Charles Itandje.

According to L'Equipe, a French newspaper that contains more links than Google, Aston Villa are now the favourites to sign the 24-year-old - though given Itandje now appears to be Lens' third-choice shot-stopper it seems unlikely.

Add that to the claim by Sky Sports that Birmingham, Derby, Racing Santander and Real Zaragoza are just some of a number of clubs chasing Itandje's signature, it seems this speculation has more to do with an agent engineering a move than any real interest shown by Villa.

However, it once again shows the swings-and-roundabouts nature of the summer transfer season. Only yesterday fans were debating whether Martin O'Neill should make an offer of around 9million for Hearts' Scotland international keeper Craig Gordon and now this...a third-choice Frenchman of seemingly little acclaim.

It should be noted that yesterday's talk of Gordon moving to Sunderland may have been premature, and perhaps Villa could still make a move. Though getting an under-contract player out of Tynecastle is about as easy as getting a declaration of expenses report out of an MP.

But let's forget about it all for a while and enjoy the United States of America...Land of the Free (transfers, perhaps...)!




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