Date: 3rd July 2013 at 11:41am
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Sky Sports have a report saying Nurnberg have rejected a transfer enquiry for Hiroshi Kiyotake.

The 23-year-old Japanese international midfielder is said to be worth in the region of £7.5million but general manager Martin Bader is quoted in the German press as saying: ‘I am able to confirm this transfer enquiry from Aston Villa. We have made it clear to Aston Villa we have no interest nor intention to sell the player.’

Mat Kendrick at www.birminghammail.co.uk has an article saying that Darren Bent is in exile at Villa. I`ve been told there were up to 9 players at the end of last season being told they won`t be part of the first team set up next season and so to find themselves a new club, but if this report is right (and I have no reason to believe it isn`t!) then it is a bit pathetic and demeaning isn`t it? Bent might not be in Lamberts plans but does he have to be ostracised whilst looking for a new Club?

The report, amongst others, goes on to say that despite him now clearly not being in Villa`s plans, the Club want to hold out for £8 million for him. Not the best way to do that is it? Make it clear that he has no chance of playing then tell prospective buyers they want ‘top` money for the striker.

Football often leaves me discombobulated but I must admit, I thought Villa had a bit more class than treating a player (who has done nothing wrong and is under contract) like this. Fine, the wages do compensate, but really, is this the best way to deal with players? Great way to show the current squad how one day they might be dealt with as well.

Newcastle United, according to the press, remains the front runner to get the services of Bent.

Gareth Barry, who many have told me isn`t good enough for a return to Villa (ahem) is being linked with a move to Arsenal.

Oh and some more boring links for Christian Benteke to Spurs.