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Manchester City priced out of move for defender, Aston Villa linked with winger

The latest transfer gossip, rumours and damned lies

Joleon Lescott

Stewart Downing to Aston Villa
The Spoiler assumed that replacing Martin Laursen and Gareth Barry would be Aston Villa’s priority right now but apparently not. The Daily Mail claim that Martin O’Neill is looking to thwart Spurs (and they sure will be heartbroken!) by signing Downing on a loan deal with an option to make the move permanent.

The Spoiler truth-o-meter: This has to be nonsense. Villa have a lot of work to do this summer and bringing in someone who plays in the same position as their star player Ashley Young is surely not top of the agenda.

Joleon Lescott staying with Everton
The Daily Star
report that Manchester City have been priced out of a move for Lescott after Everton demanded £20 million and that unless the England international hands in a transfer request, Mark Hughes will look elsewhere.

The Spoiler truth-o-meter: The idea of City being “priced out” of signing anyone is laughable, especially 11 days after spending £17 million on a striker (Roque Santa Cruz) who scored four league goals last season and could soon find himself behind Robinho, Carlos Tevez and Samuel Eto’o in the pecking order. However, refusing to pay that much for Lescott was a sensible decision.

Patrick Vieira to Birmingham
Alex McLeish has operated quite shrewdly this summer – loaning Joe Hart, signing one of the best defenders outside the top-flight in Roger Johnson and looking to Ecuador, who have already provided the Premier League with Antonio Valencia, Felipe Caicedo and, erm, Segundo Castillo, to sign Giovanny Espinoza and Christian Benitez. However, we’re not too impressed by reports in The Sun that they are offering 33-year-old Vieira £100,000-a-week.

The Spoiler truth-o-meter: It would be a huge mistake to unsettle the team by paying that much for someone who is past their best and has suffered a lot with injuries. The chance to move to PSG and play with fellow Frenchioners (French pensioners) Gregory Coupet, Claude Makelele, Ludovic Giuly and Jerome Rothen may prove more appealing.


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