Villa Transfer Talk - Bentley A Done Deal?
Vital Villa world exclusive. Villa will sign a player sometime in the next 60 days. A source close to the made up story said there might even be 2, 3 or 4 signings. Another source close to the club (he lives in Birmingham) was shocked that so few were mentioned and believes five new players could be on their way.
The News of the World today say that as of July 1 Spurs midfielder David Bentley will be a Villa player. The former Blackburn Rovers winger has had a tough time at White Hart Lane since his move last summer and the report suggests he'll end his spell there and join Villa who were also in for him last year. The 24-year-old, who has seven caps for England, will cost around half of the £15million fee Spurs paid for him according to the red top.... when I say red top, I mean the paper, not that the player has yet another hair style!
The People has a report saying Villa want West Ham defender Matthew Upson and claim West Ham's new owners are willing to sell him. The fee is quoted at around £4million for the 30-year-old former Blues player. Spurs are also said to be interested, hey we might as well thrown in Everton as well mighten we, they are usually linked with the same players as us and Tottenham?!
The same report links us once again to Middlesbrough's 22-year-old defender David Wheater. Hang on, hang on, how many central defenders do we need?! Guess who else wants Wheater? Yup, you've guessed it, Spurs!
According to the News of the World Manchester City are also interested in Upson and West Ham are in the race for City striker Daniel Sturridge who we had been strongly linked with.
This is an interesting one, well I think it is anyway, you might find it boring, I can't account for what you like now can I... ?! According to The News of the World reporter Rob Beasley, a 34 page brochure has been sent out to eight Premiership clubs by Michael Owen to remind them how good the England and soon to be former Newcastle striker is. The report says It is believed to be the first time in Premier League history that a player has produced his own prospectus to prompt a transfer.
The paper claim it has been circulated by his management company Wasserman Media Group and sent to clubs including Aston Villa, Everton, Portsmouth, Spurs, Manchester City and West Ham. Apparently it includes a medical report, the fact he has commercial value and discusses his goalscoring record.
They quote WMG's COO Sam Rush: 'Although there's been interest from abroad, Michael told us he'd prefer to stay in the Prem. So after the season ended, we prepared a document showing all the information an interested club would require and this was circulated to a select group.' He adds that Owen has appeared in 77% of Newcastle's games in the last 2 seasons... forgetting that in one of those seasons Newcastle went down !?
As you'll see in the article, not only has he had hamstring and groin injuries, he also broke his metatarsal which kept him out for five months and tore his anterior cruciate ligament in the World Cup 2006.
The Express say that Portsmouth will have to sell off their star players if the takeover by Abu Dhabi businessman Sulaiman Al-Fahim falls through. They name Glen Johnson and former Villa and Liverpool striker Peter Crouch as the most likely to be offloaded to help pay off their debts. A return to Villa for Crouch maybe?