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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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Date:Thursday July 19 2007

Time: 3:33PM

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would be worth a punt
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19/07/2007 15:45:00

He wouldnt do as bad a hughes did
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19/07/2007 15:49:00

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!
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19/07/2007 15:55:00

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.
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19/07/2007 15:57:00

Would be a handy signing.
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19/07/2007 15:57:00

nooooo, he is a good player.
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19/07/2007 15:58:00

Good player, but I would prefer Luke Young
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19/07/2007 16:25:00

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.
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19/07/2007 16:29:00

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.
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19/07/2007 16:30:00

Get him.
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19/07/2007 16:46:00

I would love to see us sign Hoyte. He's the England U21 right back but can play all the way across the back a lot like Hughes. He has looked reliable when called upon by Arsenal and with his best years ahead of him would be an excellent signing for the Villa! UTV!!
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19/07/2007 16:57:00

Would be a great signing, young and bags of potential...bit like meself really :-)
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19/07/2007 17:07:00

i wouldn't mind, he's come along a lot in the last year (remember watching gabby run all over him 11 months ago in the emirates) but was great at the U21 championships, i'm liking this idea of getting the England U21 team in here, already Young, Gabby (dont pick Scotland!!) Cahill and Reo-Coker (technically although i dont think he's eligable anymore) get Carson and Hoyte as well and i think the England U21's will have a strong squad of platers who regularly play together... would be great for Englands first team future!!!
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19/07/2007 17:38:00

Don't know much about Hoyte but from what I read he'd be a good addition and certainly great for the future but we really need someone who can do a job week in week out from the start of the season. If MD can prove his fitness then Hoyte could be the answer, MD as no.1 Hoyte as no.2
Villain Of The North
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19/07/2007 18:21:00

If we get him for 2.5 then an absolute steal at that age and potential,he can do a shift down the left too if needed,plus he`s rapid....let`s get him !!!
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19/07/2007 19:12:00

Someone suggested Hoyte a couple of weeks ago on the 100% football forum and I thought "Good Call" this is a player with Prem experience, pace, quality and above all youth to further develop into a top class player. Wenger makes very few errors when selling players, but tends to prefer the foreigner, Bentley has gone on to produce I reckon Hoyte will be the same....get in there sign him and if we still want Young at 28 with more experience have a pop for him but 2.5m tops for Young
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19/07/2007 19:19:00

If only WE were charge....
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19/07/2007 20:12:00

Hoyte would be a great signing, We will soon have half of the under 21 squad if we keep this up.Can't be bad. I hope this comes off.
return of godzvilla
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19/07/2007 22:14:00

lets wait and see
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20/07/2007 00:16:00

I have inside knowledge that this one is definitely going to me. And Saturday's lottery numbers will be 04-11-22-43-45-47
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20/07/2007 02:30:00

I hope MON does the deal, he is a decent player with time on his side to improve, the only down side is that he is a massive Aresenal fan himself and may find it hard to prise himself away. Come on Martin, convince him !!
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20/07/2007 07:04:00

Seriously, can see Young and Hoyte both happening - would be the perfect outcome.
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20/07/2007 11:08:00

I really hope there's some truth behind this rumor. He's a quality young player witrh a really bright future. Sign him up!!!!!
Holte End Hero
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20/07/2007 11:12:00

Well, we desperately need a right full back, and Hoyte would seem to fit the criteria that MON is looking for. Personally would have gone for Luke Young though. I think we badly missed out there.
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