Date: 25th January 2009 at 10:04am
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The News Of The World claim that Spurs boss Harry Red Face, sorry Harry Redknapp is going to come in for out of favour left-back Nicky Shorey. The 27-year-old appears to have flopped since moving from Reading for around £4million in the summer (to fill in for fans favourite Wilfred Bouma who picked up his awful ankle injury in the Inter-Two-Bob game).

Redknapp had tried to take him to Portsmouth but Shorey chose Villa. According to the red top Arry is also still interested in Nigel Hokey-Cokey and they even mention the possibility of a loan. That has to be pants! They really should ban the ability for a team in the same division being able to loan players but we haven’t got a squad big enough to dispose of NRC as he is versatile and can play all over the pitch.

The Sunday Express return to the growing rumour that Villa will raid Manchester City for 20-year-old midfielder Michael Johnson and 19-year-old striker/attacking midfielder Daniel Sturridge. They mention a price of around £10million. I’m fairly certain from my sources that this rumour has some substance to it, that doesn’t mean we’ll get them but seems we do want them.

The News of the World also claim that Villa are looking at Gillingham’s striker Simeon Jackson. The 21-year-old Jamaican born striker has 12 goals so far this season and the paper claims we’ll bid around £1million for him. Apparently he caught Martin O’Neill’s attention in the FA Cup clash with the Gills in the previous round.