Date: 13th July 2008 at 10:20am
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The transfer gossip this summer really has been a bit dull hasn’t it? The papers usually make up, sorry I meant report, far better links than we’ve had, maybe the smoking ban has meant they spend less time in the pubs??!!

The Sunday Mercury claim Villa are after French midfielder Nicolas Marin. Mercury Sport understands the Lorient star’s representative flew out of Zurich last week to hold talks about a possible deal during Villa’s pre-season tour.

Various papers are reporting the deal struck for Chivas goalkeeper Brad Guzan. The price differs from £1million to £2million depending on which paper you read!

According to Rob Beasley, ‘The bitter war of words’ between Villa and Liverpool could well scupper any dream Gareth Barry has of moving to Anfield. The paper claims that the deal was close and Barry was set to have a medical today after talks between Randy Lerner and Rick Parry. However Martin O’Neill has denied this, or as the paper puts it, ‘angrily denied’ it!

The Sunday Express repeat the link to Arsenal for the Villa skipper, or is that ex skipper now?

According to Vital Blackburn, Brad Friedel, who has been linked to both Villa and Manchester City, will be going nowhere with the Rovers chairman stating Brad is in Paul Ince’s plans and is not for sale. Click Here

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