Writer: J P Fear
Date:Tuesday June 16 2009
Ok, so we've covered the report in the Sun with David Bentley admitting he is in talks with Villa: Bentley Admits He Is Villa Bound
What else is going on today?
Well, I don't think I like this one very much!? In fact, as BOGOF's go (you buy one, you get one free you see) they CAN bog off surely?
The Mirror claim they will offer David Bentley and Jermaine Jenas to get Ashley Young.
Don't be so stupid.
The reporter, Darren Lewis, claims Appy Arry is willing to listen to offers for Bentley (as we've already established, he is in talks!) and Jenas who haven't impressed him. Apparently the 23-year-old winger is 'known to be unsettled' at Villa after we sold Gareth Barry.
The report also claims that Chelsea and Manchester United are both interested also. Now if they came in, I think we'll struggle to hold on to the PFA Young Player Of the Year, but not Spurs, he has no need to make a sideways move at this stage of his career, especially as Fabio Capello is a regular at Villa Park and has spoken in glowing terms of what Villa are doing with young English players.
Chances of this happening? ZERO.
The Guardian says that Martin O'Neill will make a move for Middlesbrough and England U21 defender David Wheater for a price believed to be around £7million.
A brief link in the Daily Star repeat the link to Standard Liege midfielder Steven Defour who is rated at around £13million and also interesting Liverpool.
Wiki on Defour: Click Here
Hull City manager Phil Brown has confirmed in the Hull Daily Mail, a regular read in the Fear household, that he wants Villa striker (apparently?) Marlon Harewood in what other reports say will be a cut price £2million move. He said of the 29-year-old: 'Players with Premier League experience would interest us and Marlon Harewood is that type of player,' Adding, 'He's got good ability and he's a big and powerful forward. He is the type of player that we are looking for and there's interest from us.'
Just wondering if any of these are any good for Villa? (Ahem, quality!!!) as Real Madrid are apparently going to offload up to nine players to recoup the stupid sinful money they've paid for Kaka and diving goofey Cristiano 'more step overs than someone with loads of step overs' Ronaldo. And what a list it is! The Guardian claim the following might be available: Arjen Robben, Ruud van Nistelrooy, Klass-Jan Huntelaar, Wesley Sneijder, Rafael van der Vaart, Royston Drenthe, Javier Saviola, Gabriel Heinze and Mahamadou Diarra.
Apparently Spurs, who have been linked to Ruud, are being put off by his £90 000 a week wage demands. Then again, if he only costs a reported £1.25million to buy, would that be so bad?
Oooh, nice little snippet, albeit with no substance or source from sport.co.uk saying John Arne Riise could be on Martin O'Neill's wish list as Roma look to offload the former Liverpool left-back who have financial problems. The 28-year-old was linked to Villa, amongst others, when leaving Anfield.
Date:Tuesday June 16 2009
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