Date: 18th July 2008 at 8:52pm
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Martin O’Neill has confirmed that Villa have bid for Blackburn Rovers and England midfielder David Bentley and that the club have rejected the bid.

He says that his interest in the 23-year-old is therefore over and he will move on. :o(

‘I wouldn’t normally respond to individual links but as Paul Ince rightly said, we did make a bid for David Bentley. That was some time ago and Blackburn rejected the bid – as is their prerogative. We do not intend revisiting that and we have switched out attentions to other transfer targets.’

He has also confirmed that he spoke with Gareth Barry and Barry still wants out. ‘I’ve spoken to him this week and he reiterated a desire to join Liverpool. So the situation remains unchanged, we’re still waiting to hear back from Liverpool.’

Not turning into the best of summers so far is it? Bentley is the sort of player I’d break the bank for, that said, I’m a) not the manager b) don’t have a bank to break!