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Arsenal's Hoyte in Villa Link

Arsenal's England under-21 international Justin Hoyte could be the answer to Aston Villa's right-back problem, with Martin O'Neill reportedly considering a £2.5million swoop.

The 22-year-old, who spent the season before last on loan at Sunderland, is now the third-choice right-back for the Gunners and boss Arsene Wenger is reportedly prepared to listen to offers, according to today's Mirror.

Villa have been linked with a move for Charlton's Luke Young for some time, though there are now conflicting reports about whether O'Neill is still interested. One suggestion is that the Addicks want £4million for the 28-year-old, and O'Neill is not prepared to pay what he sees as an excessive asking price.

However, all of this is currently just speculation and, as we have seen so many times already this summer, speculation is often wide of the mark. Hoyte, though, does seem to fit the bill of a player who has been given a decent footballing education - he progressed through Arsenal youth system - and should be available at a sensible price.

With Mark Delaney out of contract and hoping to convince O'Neill to hand him a new contract, it will be interesting to see just who emerges as the first-choice right-back next season. Youth and experience often combine well in a squad.

One final thought, though, is that O'Neill has today suggested his next signing may be a foreign player, seemingly ruling Hoyte out as an immediate swoop, but as the boss likes to play cat-and-mouse with the press, nothing should be written off as impossible.

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Writer:Site Staff
Date:Thursday July 19 2007
Time: 3:33PM

Comments

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would be worth a punt
johnnyuk
19/07/2007 15:45:00
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He wouldnt do as bad a hughes did
Newman
19/07/2007 15:49:00
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would be a great signing in my opinion, hasnt really ever had a run in the arsenal squad but has got a full season of premiership football under his belt when he was at sunderland!also he is quite good going forward!would welcome him!
villasw
19/07/2007 15:55:00
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Hoyte is a very good player. He adds his bit to the squad, though he is not a 1st team starter yet. Top class attitude, willing to play in any position, willing to wait in the squad, and he is a gooner as well. Good defensively, but still some improvement on his runs forward. I hope this rumour is not true, coz I wouldnt like to see him leave Arsenal.
prits
19/07/2007 15:57:00
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Would be a handy signing.
weller77
19/07/2007 15:57:00
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nooooo, he is a good player.
Goofle
19/07/2007 15:58:00
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Good player, but I would prefer Luke Young
krfeskivilla
19/07/2007 16:25:00
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Why have Young or Hoyte when we can have both? Though I'd prefer Hoyte if it were just one, for age and lack of injuries if nothing else.
DerryVillan
19/07/2007 16:29:00
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as an Arsenal fan, hoyte is a very good right back and if he goes most Gooners would be sad to see him go. great attitude and a good defender. but its true he will be behind Eboue and Sagna this season. he needs first team football now so if he goes to Villa, good luck to him. would be a good deal for all parties I think.
gazzap
19/07/2007 16:30:00
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Get him.
gwyllum18
19/07/2007 16:46:00
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