Villa fans could well see the club make their first summer signings next week, with Man City keeper Shay Given expected to be the first man to join Alex McLeish’s rebuilding process at Villa Park.
The Irishman is believed to be set for a medical with the club in the coming days after Villa agreed a fee thought to be in the region of £4m for the 35-year-old. It has been suggested that Given has accepted a pay-cut of around £20,000 a week in order to seal a move elsewhere having fallen out of favour under Mancini due to the form of England number 1 Joe Hart.
McLeish has reportedly tabled an interest in West Ham talisman Scott Parker in an attempt to stave off interest from Tottenham and Chelsea respectively. His current club value him at £8m while Villa were believed to have tested their resolve with a £7m bid. However, many suggest that Parker has unfinished business at Stamford Bridge having failed in a spell with the Blues already.
West Ham may well favour a loan move in which they would receive £4m from their London rivals which could see Parker stay at the club in the long-term were they to bounce back into the Premier League at the first time of asking. Chelsea are in the market having lost Michael Essien to injury in pre-season for around 6 months. If the numbrs related to a Parker sale are correct than I would urge the club to act quickly and stump up the extra £1m having sold Young/Downing for a combined fee of around £36m. A future Villa captain of which I have no doubt were he to join!
In terms of the long-running Charles N’Zogbia interest, Villa are ready to progress with proceedings following the confirmed sale of Downing to Liverpool. The Wigan man’s value has yo-yoed from around £8m-£20m in paper reports but the fee seems to having settled around the £10m mark. Similarly to Parker, I would encourage the club to meet the transfer fee as £10m values the 25-year-old at half of Downing’s valuation which is hugely misleading in my opinion.
Villa reportedly had a bid close to Wigan’s valuation rejected in recent days and with interest mounting in the winger, we need to act fast once again. Supposed interest from Everton may well be fictional as it is thought that they don’t have £10, let alone £10m but Sunderland may well challenge and I wouldn’t rule out competition from a ‘bigger club’ if the £10m projection is accurate.
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