Date: 10th November 2010 at 9:18am
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The Daily Star are linking Villa with Lyon striker Bafetimbi Gomis with a replacement for John Carew seemingly a priority after their bust up.

The striker is apparently rated at around £9.5m and has been dubbed the ‘New Didier Drogba` in France.

And on Carew Houllier said: “We had a meeting with the whole team to clarify things because there was a discrepancy between my words, which were full of praise for him, and what was put up in the Norwegian press. He realised that and that had to be clarified in front of everybody.” Boring now that, JC should do his talking on the pitch and leave the manager to manage!

Vital Villa member he`sbiggerthanyouandme wrote on this link: “Now this is a link that makes perfect sense to me, I’ve followed this lads career since he first broke into the St Etienne team in 2006, and straight away you could understand why he’s compared to Drogba, he’s a handful physically and very quick, deadly in the air and can score anything from tap-ins to a belter from 30 yards. He carried St Etienne on his own at one point, near enough scoring 15 goals three seasons in a row for them, that got him his big move to Lyon where he’s pretty much been in and out of the side due to them playing one up front and having an 18m striker (Lisandro Lopez) on their books, he still managed 15 goals for them last season though with four coming in the champions league. For me his game is perfect for the Premiership and he’s a proven goalscorer, he’s already used to playing the lone role and at just 25 he can still get better.”

1958Villan says: “He is known as ‘Baby Drogba’ not the new Drogba. He has averaged 1 goal in 3:5 games but, that isn’t what interests me, it’s the tag that takes my interest. If we can buy him, and it is an if, as he’s one year into a five year contract, hopefully he could turn into a similar player to Drogba.”

Sounds ok to me then!

Forum thread: Click Here

Wiki on him: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Bafetimbi_Gomis



Looks a bit rubbish, why does he keep kicking the ball away and into that net thing?

Meanwhile The Sun are linking Manchester City striker Roque Santa Cruz, linked to us already, with a £3million move to Wolfsburg with Fulham also interested in the player that cost City £14m from Blackburn Rovers.

Forum thread on the link to Villa for Cruz: Click Here

At £3m he might be worth a punt?

So far we have:

IN:

Atletico Madrid keeper David De Gea Click Here

Panathinaikos striker Djibril Cisse Click Here

26-year-old Swiss goalkeeper David Zibung who currently plays Lucerne. Click Here

Real Madrid midfielder Fernando Gago Click Here

21-year-old Toulouse winger Franck Tabanou. Click Here

Racing Genk’s £5m rated Belgian international striker Jelle Vossen. Click Here

Michael Owen to Villa on loan or a nominal fee: Click Here

Michael Carrick from Manchester United for around £8million. Click Here

Tottenham Hotspur and Croatian attacking midfielder Niko Kranjcar. Click Here and again: Click Here

25-year-old Argentine striker Pablo Andres Gonzalez Click Here

Robbie Keane linked… again (and no doubt again and again!): Click Here

Roque Santa Cruz from Manchester City: Click Here

Preston defender Sean St Ledger Click Here

OUT:

Curtis Davies on loan to Leicester City and possible permanent exit in January: Click Here
Curtis Davies to Celtic Click Here

John Carew linked out Click Here
John Carew to Fiorentina or Sampdoria Click Here
John Carew out … Click Here and again: Click Here

Nigel Reo-Coker linked with Galatasaray Click Here

Steve Sidwell to Werder Bremen or Wolfsburg Click Here

Steven Ireland considering his future: Click Here