Date: 31st December 2008 at 10:37am
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The Mirror claim, in a football spy article, that Nicky Shorey is assessing his future at Villa after moving from Reading 5 months ago. The 27-year-old has failed to make an impact at the club and is currently being kept out of the team by Luke Young (a right-back) playing at left-back and Nigel Hokey-Cokey (a midfielder) playing at right back (are you following this so far?!). The report claims he is worried at his prospects with Dutch international Freddie Bouma set to return in 2009.

The Sun are again claiming that Liverpool will bid Emile Heskey to take him back to Anfield from Wigan. The red top claims that will knock out the interest from Villa, Chelsea, Spurs and anyone else’s names plucked out of the hat at this particular juncture!

The Guardian have added to the press quotes from Portsmouth who said yesterday their players aren’t for sale unless big offers come in. The broadsheet says that Spurs have had a £30million bid turned down for Glen Johnson, Peter Crouch and Jermain Defoe. The latter two both having been strongly linked to AVFC.

The Sun claim that Villa are after Jermain Defoe and that Pompey have put a £15million price on his head.

And that at the moment seems to be that. The transfer window opens at 12 midnight tonight, lets hope it is a good one for Villa, this January could be crucial for many teams fighting for that elusive top four spot.