Date: 30th August 2009 at 11:03am
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And now, the end is near….! 3 days to go.

The People claim that Portsmouth want to take Villa left-back Nicky Shorey on loan. I could believe this if it was January and Freddie Bouma was back and had proved his fitness but not until then surely? Don’t we need depth in the squad? The report says Pompey wanted Shorey when we got him from Reading and he could now head south in the next 24 hours.

Shorey meanwhile said the arrival of Stephen Warnock from Blackburn Rovers is a ‘challenge’ adding ‘A club like Villa are going to be signing players all the time in your position. You’ve just got to get on with it, do your best and hopefully you will get a game. If not, then we will wait and see what happens. But I am up for the challenge. I want to play football. That is my main aim and, if someone gets in the way, you’ve got to make sure you are playing better than them. That’s all you can do. If we are playing well and winning, hopefully I will stay in the team.’ Be interesting today, I would imagine Warnock will be straight into the team?

The Mirror has an exclusive claiming Eidur Gudjohnsen linked several times to Villa, has rejected an approach from Manchester City and three other Premiership clubs. The Barcelona striker is set to join Monaco instead.

The Daily Express claim that Richard Dunne will now be joining Villa having agreed a £6million pay off from Manchester City. Blimey, I wish I was a footballer! The report says he’s got that much because he was due a testimonial next year and that Mark Hughes is letting him leave because he knows the soon to be former captain wouldn’t have liked a bit role at the club.

Apparently Spurs, Sunderland and Everton also enquired. Petrov says it is ‘great news’ for Villa saying he is a ‘big game player’.

The People meanwhile have an exclusive saying the deal is in jeopardy as a ‘bitter row’ over a golden handshake might mean the player won’t move.

The Mirror claim that Everton are after Spurs winger David Bentley who earlier in the summer claimed he was in talks with Villa over a move. They claim that David Moyes is hoping he can get the player for around £10million.

Hammers boss and Chelsea legend Gianfranco Zola has confirmed to Sky Sports that Villa have enquired about central defender James Collins. ‘Villa have said they are interested in him, so we’ll see what happens.’