Date: 20th December 2007 at 9:41am
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Aston Villa boss Martin O’Neill has dismissed reports linking us with a £7million bid for Porto defender Jose Bosingwa which is probably just as well judging by the fact Manchester United are today, in the Telegraph, being linked to a bid for him in the summer. When asked about the bid reportedly about to be made by Villa for the right-back Martin O’Neill simply said ‘That’s news to me.’

Various papers including the Daily Star (yes, I know!) today have us linked to a double £10million bid for Barcelona and former Chelsea striker Eidur Gudjohnsen and Arsenal’s young right-back Justin Hoyte.

It is thought by some that Hoyte was due to sign for Villa in the summer only for Arsenal to pull out of the move as they needed him for cover when they suffered several injury scares.

29-year-old Eidur Gudjohnsen has also been linked with West Ham and Manchester City.