Date: 5th August 2008 at 10:02am
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So what are the press talking about today Villa wise?

Well, The Guardian say that Villa are after Middlesbrough right-back Luke Young. They claim an approach has been made and Boro are ‘reluctantly considering’ whether to let the 29-year-old to leave despite only arriving from Charlton for £2.5million 12 months ago. The paper goes on to claim that Gareth Southgate would want considerably more fee wise for the former England international.

The Telegraph and The Sun claim that Gareth Barry might be able to make his Liverpool debut later this week as the transfer saga looks to be coming to an end. They say that Tom Jones Mini Me Rafa Benitez wants him in to be able to feature against Lazio on Friday. It all now hinges on whether co-owners and toast of the Kop Tom Hicks and George Gillett can stump up the £18million. The Telegraph still claim that Steve Finnan could be used as part of the deal although other reports yesterday claimed the defender wasn’t keen on moving from Anfield.

The Independent, still on this boring Barry saga, say Gareth Barry appeared to be no closer to joining Liverpool last night, with the club still waiting for the green light on extra financial support needed from owners Tom Hicks and George Gillett to conclude the deal. However, the player remains hopeful of joining this week, in time for Friday’s friendly against Lazio at Anfield. The key to raising the £18m needed to take the 27-year-old from Villa is Hicks and Gillett’s willingness to provide the money as an advance, ahead of further sales which would see part of it repaid.

The Birmingham Post quote General Charles Krulak from the websites like ours he visits. Always find it cheeky when we have to quote our sources but they never bother paying our websites the same respect?!?! The latest quote and I’m not sure which site he said this on but has said similar in our 100% Villa forum (sticky thread at the top!) ‘If Martin came to Randy and said ‘I need £30 million for player ‘X’…and this player would fit right into what we are trying to do and is the type of player that will take us where we want to go, then Randy would have his cheque out before Martin could get past the player’s name! ‘Additionally, he will be equally ready to fund the other players that Martin says we need. I have said it before, Randy has never said no.’

Other reports are linking Reading defender Nicky Shorey to Villa, Portsmouth and Sunderland. The reports claim the England international would cost around £3million.

The official site has seen a link to defender Matteo Ferrari (formerly of Internazionale, Palma, AS Roma and Everton on loan) who is a free agent. Not seen the report but will update this if I can find something!

And that appears to be all the rumours today, been a boring summer for ‘real’ links I must say!