Date: 20th May 2008 at 11:29am
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Quite day on the gossip front today. We have the Birmingham Mail saying that Villa are close to signing Steve Sidwell. Ok, not a new one that, it was covered by many yesterday, including Vital Villa asking a Chelsea fans opinion: Chelsea Fan’s Opinion On Villa’s Sidwell Link

However they claim the 25-year-old is close to signing for a more reasonable £4.5million fee and that he will take a massive cut (50%) in his current earnings, albeit with a nice signing on fee as a tempter to make the move. They also say that Sidwell would be brought in to play WITH Gareth Barry not instead of.

Rumour rating: At that price, more likely I’d say!

The Independent have repeated the link claiming that Villa are trying to lure Barcelona striker and former Arsenal legend Thierry Henry. However they say the 30-year-old hot shot has also been offered around £5.2m a year to join the Major League Soccer club Seattle Sounders. Come on Henry, don’t do a Beckham and retire from serious football, not yet.

Rumour rating: We can but dream, would put more bums on seats and be a great statement of intent.

Another often reported target, Chelsea winger Shaun Wright-Phillips, has ruled out a move to Villa, Newcastle, Manchester City or anywhere else for that matter saying he intends to stay at Chelsea and see out his contract. On the sort of wages he gets, can’t say I blame him really! ‘I will definitely be at Chelsea next season. Speculation has been like this since I was at Manchester City. It was going on for seven years before I left. Then I came to Chelsea and speculation has been going on for my whole time here and I have still not left. I have signed a contract and I’m here to see it out.’ His deal runs out in 2010.