Writer: J P Fear
Date:Monday April 27 2009
All is pretty quite on the gossip front, only bit I've seen lately was in The Sun claiming Villa will test Leeds resolve in the summer and try to bring in midfielder Fabian Delph (who was also linked last summer and January.
I tell a lie, here is another snippet, this time from Sky Sports. Apparently Villa are interested, along with Blackburn, in Serbian Nikola Zigic. The striker is apparently not wanted at Valencia and has been on loan at Racing Santander. Valencia's sporting director Fernando Gomez said: 'Some clubs have already asked about his situation. The subject is on hold until the end of the season, but Zigic is interesting many clubs in Spain and abroad.'
Sky Sports News also quote the player himself:
'Valencia hold the key to my future and I will make a decision on what to do next after meeting with the club in June. I am happy in Spain but I need to play regularly and that has proven difficult at Valencia. I will only leave for a club that has ambition and where I will get the opportunity to play. England? That is a serious option for me.'
Meanwhile Martin O'Neill is calling for major funds to fend off competition from Manchester City and Spurs next season in Villa's quest to break the top four.
O'Neill said in the Daily Mail (along with other papers): 'I have been checking out players up and down the country - any country. We had about 15 games covered at the weekend all over the place. If we are going to keep going in the way we are doing, then trying to improve the side means trying to compete. It will not be easy next season. Manchester City will be very strong. They have got the financial clout to do something about it. Tottenham Hotspur spent big in January just to get out of trouble so you can imagine, with the hope and expectation with Harry Redknapp coming there, that they will also have the wherewithal.'
Adding: 'I will be speaking with Randy. If it is not this week, then it will be the week after. We will get a chance the next time he is over....Randy has been pretty excited about the way we have played and sees this season as one of progress.'
One thing you can be sure of, now he's said that, the transfer gossip will enter hyperdrive!
Date:Monday April 27 2009
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