Writer: J P Fear
Date:Sunday August 16 2009
Ok, lets keep this brief, all talk and no action makes for a very full transfer window!
According to the Sunday Express Manchester City and Everton are now interested in supposed Villa target - Spurs David Bentley. The report says they are willing to pay £9m for him. Villa were again linked yesterday: Saturday's Press Talk - Click Here
Another said to be on our radar is now - according to the Mail on Sunday - being chased by Arsenal. Non other than Real Madrid midfielder Rafael van der Vaart who might be set for a £6m move. His agent was quoted the other day that if Real Madrid won't use him, they need to let him leave on a free! Don't think it works like that, just ask Marlon Harewood, Villa's No9 who gets nowhere near the bench let alone the first team!
The link Friday was to Manchester City defender Richard Dunne: (Click Here) but the 29-year-old says despite the speculation, he has a 3-year contract and City and intends to stay. He told the Daily Star 'Nothing has been said to me about leaving the club,' adding that he is happy and the times are good at City. 'I've heard that Aston Villa, Spurs, Sunderland, Arsenal and Stoke are all interested in me and that is very flattering, but I'll continue to do my best for the club until I'm told otherwise.'
The Mail On Sunday return to the link to Blackburn defender Stephen Warncok and say we are 'weighing up' a £7million bid. Reports the other day suggested we'd had a £4m bid rejected but I think that was press talk, I don't think we'd have been daft enough to insult Blackburn going in that low?
The report claims that Randy might insist on fringe players like Nicky Shorey, Nigel Reo-Coker and Luke Young sold before any moves are made. Unless we are in financial trouble - and I don't believe we are in financial trouble at all - there is no way he'd be forcing the manager to make sales, that said having seen how angry Hokey-Cokey was yesterday about being on the bench and a kid being preferred over him when subs were made, I'd not be shocked if the talk of him being unhappy and wanting out are true.
The News of the World say that Fulham will offer Brede Hangeland improved terms (they claim £50,000 a week) to try to get him to sign an extended deal. Arsenal, Manchester City, Liverpool, Everton and Aston Villa have all been linked.
Personally I think we should sell more players before getting in adequate replacements, seemed to work well yesterday (unhappy / angry emoticon)
Date:Sunday August 16 2009
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