Date: 1st September 2008 at 11:21am
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Reports are still linking us with West Ham striker Dean Ashton. They claim that we’ve already had a bid turned down but that we’ll return and will pay good money to secure the 24-year-olds signature.

Others are linking us still with Reading striker Kevin Doyle who scored a hat trick for the Royals this weekend. The 24-year-old was asked after the game and admitted he will be happy when the transfer window closes. ‘I`ll be glad when the window shuts because the whole thing is mentally tiring. You hear so many different things for three months. Will I stay at Reading? I don`t know. It`s difficult to predict, but stranger things have happened.’ Adding, ‘I don`t know about this hat-trick adding more money to my transfer value, but I`ve certainly got my reputation back because the last five or six months haven`t been great for me. But whatever happens, I`ll be glad when it`s over.’

Deportivo are claiming Newcastle United are are about to sign their 22-year-old striker Xisco. One report claims the Spanish U-21 international was at one point a target for Villa.

Villa are also still being linked with Belgian Standard Liege midfielder Marouane Fellaini who is rated at around £10million. The 20-year-old is also said to be interesting Spurs.

I must admit I’d not be surprised if we ended up buying someone we’ve not been linked with, would be nice to ‘ace’ the press!!!