Date: 11th August 2008 at 4:23pm
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Good grief, it really is a slow news day, not even any decent press links! The papers are full of the reports from over the weekend that Villa are set to make an audacious bid for Chelsea midfielder Joe Cole.

Other than that, the only other snippet is Martin O’Neill admitting that he might well bring the Gareth Barry saga to an end by using him in the Uefa Cup game this Thursday.

Obviously if Barry does play in the UEFA Cup qualifier against FH Hafnarfjordur he will then be cup tied and unable to feature for Liverpool or any other club for that matter in the Champions League.

The Villa manager told the official site: ‘He’s our player and though things could change, if Gareth is still our player on Wednesday morning, he’s as good a chance of climbing on the bus as anybody.’