Villa move to clear obstacles to signing Defoe
Friday 18 January 2008
Aston Villa have finally made their move to try to sign Jermain Defoe and have received encouragement that the striker is keen to join them. However, there are several stumbling blocks to the deal, not least that Tottenham Hotspur are believed to be demanding more than the £10m that Villa are prepared to pay for the 25-year-old.
Spurs, despite their head coach, Juande Ramos, giving Defoe a dressing-down and telling him he can leave, still want the England international to sign the new contract he has been stalling on. Defoe is also trying to change agents, which may complicate any deal.
Spurs, who would prefer to sell Darren Bent and have told Queen's Park Rangers they will have to pay £2.8m to sign Wayne Routledge, have dropped their interest in the Lyons striker Fred, which may also affect their thinking. It is understood that the Brazilian's wage demands killed the deal even though a £9m transfer was close to being agreed.
It was claimed yesterday that Defoe, who has also interested Portsmouth, although they initially proposed a loan deal, had met the Villa manager, Martin O'Neill, and although that was quickly denied it is understood talks have taken place with club representatives. O'Neill has made signing a striker his main priority and made inquiries about Liverpool's Peter Crouch and Newcastle United's Obafemi Martins, but they will stay where they are.
In a busy day in the West Midlands, O'Neill yesterday gave permission for Birmingham City to speak to central defender Gary Cahill after agreeing a fee of £4m. However, it is thought that Cahill would prefer to go on loan before signing a permanent deal.
Latest in Sport
Preston fan who appeared to snatch Jermaine Beckford's shirt from eight-year-old boy identified and says: 'the truth will come out'
England 'favourites' to host 2018 World Cup following Fifa arrests
Premier League 2015/16 kits: Confirmed and rumoured strips from Arsenal, Manchester United, Liverpool, Chelsea and others
Manchester United season player ratings: Grading Louis van Gaal's entire squad
Psychic penguins have made their pick for Arsenal vs Aston Villa in the FA Cup final...
- 2 'Don't blame all men for rape' campaign backfires spectacularly
- 3 Isis burns woman alive for refusing to engage in 'extreme' sex act, UN says
- 5 Charlie Charlie Challenge explained: not a Mexican demon being summoned — it's gravity
EU referendum: David Cameron's rules are a 'democratic disgrace', says French-born Scottish politician set to be denied a vote
The day that Britain resigned as a global power
SNP fury as HS2 finds 'no business case' for taking fast train service to Scotland
A nation of inequality: How the UK is failing to feed its most vulnerable people
Australian man punched in the face for defending Muslim women from abuse on train
EU referendum: David Cameron to deny EU migrants and under-18s the chance to vote