Date: 11th January 2009 at 10:12am
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Bit disappointed at the quality of newspaper rumours at the moment. If this continues I’ll re-start the Ruud van Nistelrooy to Villa rumours! (And yes, I do know he is injured at the moment thanks, but the story last year linking him to Villa and his missus being spotted in Matalan was quality, only I thought so, but hey ho, you have to start somewhere!)

Anyway, The Sunday Express claim that Villa are going to bid for Reading striker Kevin Doyle. The report says Reading won’t let the striker, who seems to have set the Championship alight with 17 goals this season, will not accept anything under £8million. Fair enough, lets spend that and then get another striker in also, we need 4 to rotate to be serious. Carlos Tevez appears to be surplus to requirements according to reports today, how about a cheeky bid there then?!?!

According to The People, Newcastle United want seeming Villa misfit Nicky Shorey and would be prepared to offer unhappy Magpie Charles N’Zogbia as a swap. Cool, we’ll go for that as well shall we? This transfer business is so easy…. next! Related article, Charles N’Zogbia Wants Toon Exit

Other reports are slightly less positive if you believe that we are interested in these players as the press have claimed for some while.

The Sunday Mirror claim that Wigan striker Emile Heskey will stand by his word and won’t move this January. He will be fully greedy and take advantage of a free move in the summer leaving Wigan with nothing and his bank balance much the richer. Would we do any differently in his position? I doubt it!

The News of the World claim that Peter Crouch wants to stay at Portsmouth despite interest from Aston Villa and Tottenham.

Oh and Harry Redknapp was apparently at Villa Park yesterday watching Villa v WBA play. He was apparently watching Baggies striker Roman Bednář who did look a handful when he came on.

The Sunday Mercury claim that Bolton and Middlesbrough are both interested in Marlon Harewood who has also been linked with Stoke and WBA. I’m sure he’d do a better job for the Baggies than Luke Moore did yesterday. The Mercury quote his agent Phil Sproson, ‘Villa will listen to realistic offers. It’s a case of whoever strikes a deal with Villa first will probably get him.’ Surely we have to get two strikers in before letting one leave?