Date: 6th October 2008 at 4:02pm
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According to the Daily Telegraph Villa have been told they have no chance of signing Zenit St Petersburg striker Andrei Arshavin as the player wants Champions League football.

His agent (boooo boooo!) Dennis Lacther said the 27-year-old Russian striker, who is also versatile and plays as a winger or attacking midfielder, would only consider offers from the ‘big four’ of the Premiership:

‘Andrei would like to play in the Premier League but he will not accept an offer from clubs like Newcastle, Middlesbrough and Aston Villa.’ Adding, ‘There are only four British clubs he would play for and they are in the Champions League. It’s not about money, it’s about a team and professional ambition.’

Just as well we didn’t want him then I’d suggest!?

You watch, none of the top four will move for him and then next quotes from the agent will be about how big Villa, Newcastle, Man City etc are! As one of the reporters on the Sky Sports Sunday Supplement asked a few weeks back, if he was THAT good would he really still be playing in the Russian league and not plying his trade somewhere amongst the top European clubs? Hmmm. Not that many have made the move successfully as yet have they?