Date:Thursday July 19 2007
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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