Bit of a boring day links wise today! I'm trying to strike the balance for the summer, I think we might as well do as we usually do, discuss links etc, I think we all know a lot of it is press talk but they do make interesting talking points. I'll assume that article comments will soon tell me if you don't think the balance is right!
According to Sky Sports Villa are watching Zenit St Petersburg defender Nicolas Lombaerts and Anderlecht's Mbark Boussoufa. 24-year-old Belgian defender Lombaerts told the Sport Express he would like to move to an English club: 'I hadn't heard about the interest of the English club, but in the future I would like to try myself in one of the top championships, of course.' However alarm bells are ringing as the Sky report says he has only just returned from a long term injury problem. I'm not sure we could deal with any further heartache could we?!
Meanwhile Anderlecht midfielder Boussoufa is also apparently of interest with scouts from the club supposedly having watched him in action. With 22 people on the pitch how do the press know who our scouts are watching? the Moroccan is apparently valued at around £8.7million, not £8.5 or £8.6 by the way, but exactly £8.7! The player is quoted as saying: 'I am prepared to leave Anderlecht only if a big offer arrives from a club with a lot of ambition,' he said.
Arrggghhhhhh.....! One report says that Bolton are looking at alternatives after former Villa defender Gary Cahill was linked to a £12million move to Arsenal. I repeat, Arrggghhhhhh.....!
Scraping the barrel here a little as I've seen this nowhere apart from a gossip site but apparently Villa are interested in 22-year-old Liverpool striker Ryan Babel. The 22-year-old Dutchman moved from Ajax to Anfield for £11.5m but hasn't featured a great deal for Rafa's team. Tick tock, tick tock, tick tock... sorry that is just the clock ticking on the first paper report due saying Villa and Liverpool are set to swap Barry and Babel. Hey, they both have surnames starting with a B and with 5 letters. Coincidence? I think not! :o) Wiki on Babel: Click Here
The Daily Mail had an exclusive saying Villa will bid £5million for Hungary defender Roland Juhasz who they say is valued at £5million. Must admit I'd have thought £5.1m but maybe I'm just overestimating! Again with the :o) MON was apparently at the Maurice Dufrasne Stadium last Thursday to watch the 25-year-old who already has 44 caps for his country.
Another report in the Daily Mail says that Villa will 'raid' Bramall Lane. NO, don't worry, we aren't trying to bring Lee Hendrie back, the report says we want to bid £5million for Kyle Naughton. The 20-year-old full back is being watched by several Premiership teams.
Manager Tim Sherwood has spoken of his disappointment - and shouldered the blame - for today's one nil loss to Stoke City.
All the stats from Aston Villa (0) vs (1) Stoke, Villa Park, 3/10/15 Att: 33,189
Statistics, damn lies and Aston Villa..
Bit of a mix and match today from manager Tim Sherwood's pre Stoke press conference.
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