Date: 23rd January 2014 at 2:03pm
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With Wes Hollohan news dominating the newswires, we are being tentatively linked with Chelsea’s winger Gael Kakuta, and Shay Given has talked about extending his loan spell with Middlesbrough until the end of the season.

Villa already have two long term loans on our books in the name of Ryan Bertrand and Grant Holt, but regulations do allow us to have a further two short term loans on our books.

As ever for the transfer window, there is no real substance to the Kakuta link, for the 22 year old has spent this season out on loan at Vitesse Arnhem and it’s believed that Chelsea now wish to send him out on loan to a Premiership team in order to give him real experience in this league.

A short term deal, I’m not sure if that would limit it to a month, or whether it could be done on an emergency basis and extended for a maximum of 93 days, but really a winger? Does Marc Albrighton need to put in a bad performance to be used two games in a row?

As for our elder statesman Given, he told a number of press that he’d be delighted to stay at Boro for the remainder of the campaign, but for that to happen a deal would have to be done prior to the end of the transfer window.

‘I have been delighted to come here and play after 10 months of not being involved at Aston Villa. I’m really enjoying playing here and being part of the group. Will I stay? Well at the minute I don’t know. My deal is up at the end of February and Jason Steele could be back by then so they could send me packing. The rules are that the deal has to be done by the end of January if I’m to stay for the rest of the season. That’s something that will have to be talked about in the next week.’

Manager Aitor Karanka has already made it abundantly clear he would like the former Republic of Ireland international to stay at the club, having joked he’d sign him for the next three seasons if he could, and it makes no sense whatsoever for him to come back and not even be sat on the substitutes bench.

Given money is such an issue at the club, allowing him to remain out with Boro would also save us some wouldn’t it – and that seems to be what it’s all about.

Update:

I’ve just seen rumour as well. Apparently we are interested in taking Barcelona striker Jean Marie Dongou on loan for the rest of the campaign.

The 18 year old is a product of their youth system and he’s a Cameroon U20 interestinal, and many in Spain liken him to Eto’o and some may remember him from the NextGen series where he finished as top scorer – not being rude but I don’t, I was too busy watching our lads!

No quotes or anything, but at least it makes a change from Hoolahan. Yes I know, another loan and another striker!

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