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Keano, Bent, Upson, Distin.. Transfer Talk Time!

Ok, once again the press insist we are going to get at least one Spurs player this summer... they seem to want it, so Martin O'Neill 'make it so' (sorry, I came over all Star Trek for a minute)

The Daily Mail say that Villa are still 'monitoring' Robbie Keane with an interest in bringing the striker to Villa Park.

Keane joined Liverpool last season and then shot straight back to Spurs when Appy Arry took the reigns. However the report says that Keane's position at the club might be under question again following the arrival of Peter Crouch from Pompey. They assume that Arry wants to get the same striker combination as he had at Portsmouth, ie Defoe and Crouch.

It is also rumoured that Spurs want Real Madrid striker Klaas Jan Huntelaar putting further pressure on Keano.

To get the former Coventry and Wolverhampton Wanderers man, the Mail says, Villa would have to match his 70k a week wages. Yes.. and? We can do that! As many will remember, we very nearly got Keane straight from Wolves, however - despite the myth that Doug wouldn't stump up the extra 500k - John Gregory admitted that when he watched Robbie he seemed to have off games so he decided to pull out of the move... he also pointed out that 19 other Premiership managers also missed out on the player!

Sam Wallace at The Independent is claiming that despite Sunderland being favourites for Spurs and England striker Darren Bent, Villa are also still interested.

Strangely the reporter says Villa can't compete with Sunderland over wages and fees. I'm sorry... can you explain that to me? Of course Villa can compete on wages and fees!

The paper also claims that Bent is no longer training with the players left behind from the rest of the squad who are playing some pre-season stuff in China. Those left behind include David Bentley who was so strongly linked even the player himself said he was Villa bound!

Another report links us once again to West Ham and former Arsenal defender Matthew Upson. The fee is thought to be around 12million. Yes please, good defender, just what the doctor ordered! The report says that Upson wants to play in Europe to boost his England World Cup chances and that the Hammers would listen to reasonable offers.

The report says that O'Neill stll also wants Pompey defender Sylvain Distin but won't pay the 4.5m Portsmouth want because the player is in the last year of his contract.

Ha, the Mirror disagree, they say we are ready to offer 4.5m for Distin!

One we were linked with last season, 24-year-old Middlesbrough defender Robert Huth maybe moving to Fulham for around 2million.

Another other former link, apparently Newcastle have accepted a bid of around 9million from Wolfsburg for 24-year-old striker Obafemi Martins.


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Writer: J P Fear Mail feedback, articles or suggestions

Date:Thursday July 30 2009

Time: 11:19AM

Your Comments

So the new poll asks which you'd prefer, Keane or Bent? I'd be happy with either, Bent is youger and was top scorer last year, I think he'd fit in very well?
The Fear
So the new poll asks which you'd prefer, Keane or Bent? I'd be happy with either, Bent is youger and was top scorer last year, I think he'd fit in very well?
The Fear
Bent fits in with our current style of play, Keane offers something a little different to what we already have, so I voted for both!
Sheriff Kimbo
Bent fits in with our current style of play, Keane offers something a little different to what we already have, so I voted for both!
Sheriff Kimbo
yeah but is obefemi martins actually 24??? there is a myth suggesting he is closer to 30
stelvisspurs
Oh & I'm all for Fulham signing centre-backs, as maybe that'll mean Hangelaand is on his way to us (I doubt it but I'd like it!)
Sheriff Kimbo
yeah but is obefemi martins actually 24??? there is a myth suggesting he is closer to 30
stelvisspurs
Oh & I'm all for Fulham signing centre-backs, as maybe that'll mean Hangelaand is on his way to us (I doubt it but I'd like it!)
Sheriff Kimbo
id be happy for you to take both for 25 mil if we get hunter
stelvisspurs
id be happy for you to take both for 25 mil if we get hunter
stelvisspurs
Agree with Fear, I think Bent would fit better in to our pacy counter attacking play. But I feel both players were over priced in the past. I don't think Bent should be worth more than 15M. Good comments from JG. I also had the feeling that Keane even more so than Bent has a few off games. He had many at Liverpool, but maybe they put him too far out of the wings. In short, Upson - yes please, Distin - yes please, Bent - yes please.
villa_de
Agree with Fear, I think Bent would fit better in to our pacy counter attacking play. But I feel both players were over priced in the past. I don't think Bent should be worth more than 15M. Good comments from JG. I also had the feeling that Keane even more so than Bent has a few off games. He had many at Liverpool, but maybe they put him too far out of the wings. In short, Upson - yes please, Distin - yes please, Bent - yes please.
villa_de
Spuds will sell to Sunderland over us everytime.
olofthegreat
Spuds will sell to Sunderland over us everytime.
olofthegreat
Just as a matter of interest, where would you see Keane fitting into your team/playing style? I'm no expert on Villa, but I really don't see where he would play. Much the same as our own conundrum should he stay?
LilyWhiteHart
Just as a matter of interest, where would you see Keane fitting into your team/playing style? I'm no expert on Villa, but I really don't see where he would play. Much the same as our own conundrum should he stay?
LilyWhiteHart
Lilywhite, well if he did come, I would like to see him play as a second striker behind Carew or even Heskey. Like Rooney does for ManU. But I also think that Milner should move into the middle and play that role, especially after Downing is fit, move Young over to the left wing. And then I would prefer Bent as the centre forward.
villa_de
Lilywhite, well if he did come, I would like to see him play as a second striker behind Carew or even Heskey. Like Rooney does for ManU. But I also think that Milner should move into the middle and play that role, especially after Downing is fit, move Young over to the left wing. And then I would prefer Bent as the centre forward.
villa_de
I meant Ashley Young over to the right wing!
villa_de
I meant Ashley Young over to the right wing!
villa_de
Dont think Keane will fit in - we dont play a man behind the front two - if we did it would be Young with Downing and Milner wide. I really dont see Keane being Villa-bound. Would rather hove Huntelaar than Bent or Keane!! For the 12m for Upson we could throw that at Fulham and have Hangelaand!!! I think MON has a master plan - beat Porto and meet Real Madrid in the final where he will hand the powers that be at Real Madrid a scrap of paper saying "35m = Van Der Vaart, Drenthe and Huntelaar"!!! They then get on our plane home with us!!! Happy days!!
deano.avfc
Dont think Keane will fit in - we dont play a man behind the front two - if we did it would be Young with Downing and Milner wide. I really dont see Keane being Villa-bound. Would rather hove Huntelaar than Bent or Keane!! For the 12m for Upson we could throw that at Fulham and have Hangelaand!!! I think MON has a master plan - beat Porto and meet Real Madrid in the final where he will hand the powers that be at Real Madrid a scrap of paper saying "35m = Van Der Vaart, Drenthe and Huntelaar"!!! They then get on our plane home with us!!! Happy days!!
deano.avfc
Bent would be a cracking signing, I've been saying it since he was at Charlton. We have great providers for the front men (and now I see Albrighton is showing his delivery skills too) BUT I STILL WANT TO SEE TUNCAY AT OUR CLUB! He would give us a different option now that teams have worked out how to play against us. He can be our modern day Merse using a bit of trickery and range of through balls. Upson would also be a great signing - very cool and collected - just what we need to steady the defense. Wouldnt go near Keane - you dont know if you're buying the Leeds & Spud (1st time around) Keane, or the Liverpool & Spud (2nd time around) Keane!!!
Mikey D-Man
Bent would be a cracking signing, I've been saying it since he was at Charlton. We have great providers for the front men (and now I see Albrighton is showing his delivery skills too) BUT I STILL WANT TO SEE TUNCAY AT OUR CLUB! He would give us a different option now that teams have worked out how to play against us. He can be our modern day Merse using a bit of trickery and range of through balls. Upson would also be a great signing - very cool and collected - just what we need to steady the defense. Wouldnt go near Keane - you dont know if you're buying the Leeds & Spud (1st time around) Keane, or the Liverpool & Spud (2nd time around) Keane!!!
Mikey D-Man
Would rather have Huntelaar but failing that Bent would do nicely, with how many crosses go begging either of those 2 would be perfect. Gabby is a great athlete but we are missing a natural poacher. Having Gabby to bring on with 30 mins left against a tired defence would be ideal.
MOGVILLA
Would rather have Huntelaar but failing that Bent would do nicely, with how many crosses go begging either of those 2 would be perfect. Gabby is a great athlete but we are missing a natural poacher. Having Gabby to bring on with 30 mins left against a tired defence would be ideal.
MOGVILLA
Agree with you MOGVILLA. Huntelaar would be great, but Bent would do. My mates an Ajax STH and has said how good he was at Ajax. I think Keane is a bit of a loose cannon. When I have seen him play he is all over the pitch, even deeper than the last defender. Not somewhere you want a striker to be!!
DoLpHiNaToR
Agree with you MOGVILLA. Huntelaar would be great, but Bent would do. My mates an Ajax STH and has said how good he was at Ajax. I think Keane is a bit of a loose cannon. When I have seen him play he is all over the pitch, even deeper than the last defender. Not somewhere you want a striker to be!!
DoLpHiNaToR
Deano if Mon signs Van der Vaart, drenthe and huntelaar, I will personally fly over from South Africa and kiss him :P I would trade the money for bent and keane for anyone of those...
Astriel
Deano if Mon signs Van der Vaart, drenthe and huntelaar, I will personally fly over from South Africa and kiss him :P I would trade the money for bent and keane for anyone of those...
Astriel
LWH, the point is that Keane offers something different to what we already have - our play is too predictable at times, which is why I and others want to see a Keane/Tuncay/Gudjohnsen type come in. It's all about variety!
Sheriff Kimbo
LWH, the point is that Keane offers something different to what we already have - our play is too predictable at times, which is why I and others want to see a Keane/Tuncay/Gudjohnsen type come in. It's all about variety!
Sheriff Kimbo
please take bent and keane! They would fit in at villa! Bent will suit you. i just dont like keane so please take him. Although i have a feeling bent will go sunderland! Keane will replace barry in the middle with gabby upfront with benty. you will have a decent team, along with ashley young on the left. he will not leave villa
ng9-yid
please take bent and keane! They would fit in at villa! Bent will suit you. i just dont like keane so please take him. Although i have a feeling bent will go sunderland! Keane will replace barry in the middle with gabby upfront with benty. you will have a decent team, along with ashley young on the left. he will not leave villa
ng9-yid
Tuncay, Huntelaar (Bent), Hangeland & Upson, that will do nicely and then add a few villa youngsters to the squad - easy.
Mutley73
Tuncay, Huntelaar (Bent), Hangeland & Upson, that will do nicely and then add a few villa youngsters to the squad - easy.
Mutley73
Shall we start with a fit signing that can start a game! Now there's a novelty.
holte ender 1969
Shall we start with a fit signing that can start a game! Now there's a novelty.
holte ender 1969
 

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