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Larsson for Davies: Who Gets the Better Deal?

An inevitable transfer story was leaked today after interest from Birmingham in Curtis Davies was confirmed. With Villa having previously shown an interest in Blues midfielder Seb Larsson, a part exchange deal seems favourable for both clubs. From what I can tell, and have heard the offer that City accepted from Newcastle for Larsson was £1m with player’s value dropping significantly with his contract expiring in the summer. The move to the Toon fell through after the Swede failed to agree terms although it is almost certain that Larsson will leave the club in the summer, if not in January. Curtis Davies was set to rejoin Leicester on loan a few days back but his head was turned by Premier League interest from Birmingham and the defender is believed to be keen on the controversial move. Davies was touted to be available for around £2.5m which has led many, myself included, to believe that a player plus £1.5m move is being made by Birmingham. If this is the case then I would be pretty happy with that from a Villa perspective. Larsson is a decent, versatile player with a sweet left foot as well as a deadly set-piece and although and although I wouldn’t place him in a starting XI, the 25-year-old would be a valuable squad player. The Swedish international can play on either flank as well as in an emergency full-back role and would provide decent cover for the likes of Downing, Albrighton and Young. Davies, also 25, is clearly fed up with life at Villa Park and wants out. He was a good centre-back and is very young in terms of his position so still has the potential to be decent again but he hasn’t been at his best for some time and it is undoubtedly time for him to move on. I think that £2.5m in cash would be fairly cheap for a defender who was touted for greatness early in his career but from what I have heard from Leicester fans, they didn’t rate him either. A deal to bring in Larsson along with cash is very appealing in my opinion and I’m sure Houllier will favour that option so I think that Villa get the better deal on the basis that City lose a good player and have to part with cash. However, I do think the Blues could do worse in replacing the injured Scott Dann and as long as he never scores against Villa I’m not really bothered!



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