Writer: J P Fear
Date:Sunday May 3 2009
Manchester City defender Micah Richards will be the biggest name in Mark Hughes' summer clear-out, with Joe Hart, Darius Vassell and Benjani also included. (News of the World)
The Sunday Mirror say that Villa will bid for Man City defender Micah Richards. Richards has already earnt 11 caps and was born in Birmingham and has been linked to Villa for what seems like the last 50 years!
Perhaps paving the way (!?!) is an article in the News of the World claiming that cash rich Man City will offload several players including Micah Richards, Joe Hart - so maybe we'll go for him as well? Oh and several others who we'd not be wanting like Darius Vassell and Benjani! Maybe we could .... no, doubt it... was just thinking how good Stephen Ireland would look in claret and blue!
The News of the World claim that Martin O'Neill will try to replace the irreplaceable (well, you know what I mean, the guy is world class) Martin Laursen with Fulham defender Drede Hangeland who is said to be rated at around £10million. The 27-year-old Norwegian is also wanted by Liverpool, Arsenal and Everton.
The Villa boss is also quoted in the News of the World admitting he is on the look out. O'Neill said: 'I've been checking out players all over the place. We're looking at players to try and improve the team. That is the important thing. There is a lot of competition out there though.'
Ha, the Mail On Sunday are a bit late on this story, I said this last week... I'm so very clever...! They claim that Liverpool boss Rafa Benitez will sell Xabi Alonso who is wanted by Juventus in order to buy ... yup, the saga continues... Villa skipper Gareth Barry. Then again, the quotes from Rafa doesn't look like he is trying to sell Alonso do they? 'Alonso was not on the market last summer but Juventus came to us, so we had to talk. I think it will be the same situation this year. I don't want to sell him but when there is a window you have to talk to see what price is being considered.'
The Mirror claimed this weekend that Villa are after Valencia defender Raul Albiol. There appears to be little substance and no quotes but hey ho, the 23-year-old Spanish international is said to be available for around £6million. Liverpool are also interested in the player who can also fill the holding role in midfield.
All well and good being linked to defenders all the time, what about a made up article or two on strikers incoming eh?! Michael Owen on a pay as you play contract might be nice!
Date:Sunday May 3 2009
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