Date: 10th August 2008 at 9:55am
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Press talk today suggests we are after Chelsea winger Joe Cole. Apparently Phil Scolari is looking to sign Robinho, that alongside the arrival of Deco could well put the England international out in the cold and the papers are saying that MON would be willing to stump up the £10million (others apparently say £16m) needed to attract Cole, who has just two years left on his contract.

The Sunday Mercury are linking Villa with Rangers 26-year-old defender Carlos Cuellar after the Scottish giants early European exit.

Also in the Mercury is a link to £2.5million rated Czech midfielder Jaroslav Plasil who currently plays for Spanish club Osasuna. Fulham are also apparently interested.

The rest of the talk is about Barry and we’ve covered that in a separate article!

Joe Cole? Hmmm, yes please. Then a striker if you would be so kind and then watch the season take off!