Bowery in the morning, Benteke and Stephens after?
Around this time most nights there is some transfer gossip, and with the deadline being less than 24 hours away, we have a bit of action tonight. The two Villa ‘ITK’ oracles Mat Kendrick and James Nursey, (according to some anyway) have been tweeting/writing articles and here is a little update on a few players we’ve been linked heavily too, starting with a couple of Kendrick tweets:
‘Jordan Bowery’s move from Chesterfield to Villa will be confirmed tomorrow, subject to the formalities being completed in the morning’
Some Villans aren’t too happy with this move, while most don’t seem overly bothered given the price involved. I’m guessing he’ll add a physical presence if nothing else, for his goal record isn’t really that great. No-lose really.
The other tweet involves a player a lot of us certainly would like to see at the Villa, and that is Christian Benteke:
‘The Christian Benteke transfer is not dead and the Genk striker is keen to join Villa, but the clubs are still apart with their valuations’
Benteke has been mentioned in a few other places with it looking like it might go to the wire. The Guardian are claiming that the player might even exploit a legal loophole in his contract to play for us. Hey it’s nice to see he’s keen if nothing else.
The Mirror claim that we’ll be attempting to sign both Benteke and Stephens tomorrow, and hopefully they both come off. We need faces, and even though I would like some premiership experience to come in, I guess if they’re good enough they’ll do the job:
‘Villa owner Randy Lerner has told new boss Paul Lambert to invest in young players, having already completed the signing of Middlesbrough left-back Joe Bennett.
MirrorSport understands Villa have increased their offer for Genk striker Benteke, 21, to £7million.
Lambert is also after a holding midfielder with Charlton schemer Stephens, 24, in his sights.
Villa have had two bids rejected for Stephens but hope to land the starlet for £2.5m.’
It will be nice when all this is done, and to see exactly what we have to work with until the next transfer window rolls along. Lambert is clearly bringing in players to fit in with the type of football he wants to see, so even if some of us may be disappointed at some of the names mentioned, now isn’t the time to make a real judgement. He did get Norwich playing pretty well after all.