“Every player has their price”
Another day, another Cresswell update. And there have been a few of them today. In our post yesterday we looked at how Ipswich were on their way to securing a replacement for Cresswell should he leave (George Friend) and that Ipswich manager Paul Jewell has admitted that we do have interest in the player.
Fast forward to today, and more has come out on the subject, with it looking to me that Ipswich are willing to sell. A few quotes from Jewell have surfaced in local Ipswich site ‘Green’un24′ and here are a few tidbits (the rest of the article provides more information on the subject):
“I’ll tell you exactly how I see it and exactly what I’ve told Cressie.
“Chris Hutchings (Town assistant boss) spoke to Paul Lambert (Villa boss) yesterday because they are good pals and I asked him to ask about a player who used to play for a club he used to manage.
“He (Lambert) never mentioned Aaron, but I’m told that the club (Villa) have contacted us to see what Aaron’s situation is.
“The situation is this – we want to keep him at the football club, we don’t want to sell our best players, but every player – whoever that player is – has always got a price.
“We won’t encourage anyone to buy our players, but, like I say, someone could come in and makes an offer we can’t refuse.”
Interesting words from Jewell, who also goes on to say that there has been no discussion regarding fees (around £3 million was mentioned in the press), but rather a call from our side to check out the situation. I’m not sure what Ipswich’s financial situation is like, but I don’t think a deal could be done on the cheap. They’ve already shown with Wickham going to Sunderland (who admittedly was a lot more hyped) that they’ll try and get as much as they can for one of their young stars.
A further article has since been released by the same publication which states that any potential move for George Friend is ‘dependent’ on the potential sale of Aaron Cresswell.
Villa are back in the UK now, so hopefully Lambert got straight off the plane, travelled to Bodymoor and got on the phone trying to make these deals happen! This move has got some legs as discussed, and I wonder what else Lambert has up his sleeve. The KEA and Lowton deals were pretty under the radar, and I hope to see at least 2 or 3 extra new faces come in.
Over to you Villa!