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Aston Villa: Summer 2007 Transfer Targets

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This summer presents Martin O’Neill with his first major opportunity to make some serious inroads into Randy Lerner’s millions, with a quality striker to play off John Carew likely to be his main priority.

The main names in the frame appear to be Craig Bellamy and Jermain Defoe, with Preston North End’s David Nugent a possible alternative. West Ham United’s Marlon Harewood has also been mentioned. When it comes to providing attacking width, Kilmarnock’s Steven Naismith and Michael Kightly of Wolverhampton Wanderers appear to be close to the top of the manager’s wanted list.

In midfield, Lyon’s Swedish international Kim Kallstrom has been linked with several clubs of late, Villa among them. Nigel Reo-Coker has been strongly linked with a move to Villa Park following his transfer request at West Ham although, if the rumours are to be believed (and despite his public denials), he seems to believe that his qualities would be of more use to either Manchester United or Arsenal.

Portsmouth defender Matthew Taylor is widely reported as being a £5 million target, with West Bromwich Albion’s Paul Robinson a possible cheaper option. Portuguese youngster Antunes is another that could fill the left-back role, with the U-21 international seemingly destined for a higher profile club than Pacos Ferreira next term.

Right-back Phil Bardsley seems unlikely to be return to Villa Park from Manchester United on a permanent basis, although O’Neill would appear keen to do business were the opportunity to arise. Charlton Athletic’s Luke Young could be a more achievable target. Another W.B.A, player linked with a move to Villa Park is Paul McShane. The former Manchester United player would provide cover at both right-back and in central defence, so the appeal is obvious.

Craig Gordon was thought to be the subject of O’Neill’s attentions when he took in the Kilmarnock v Hearts SPL game before the end of last season (although the aforementioned Naismith could equally have been under the spotlight), while Celtic’s Artur Boruc is thought to be another goalkeeper under consideration.

When it comes to those who might be leaving the club, there would appear to be little loyalty from O’Neill towards his fellow Northern Irishmen, with Steve Davis and Aaron Hughes both supposedly destined for Fulham. Gavin McCann is said to be interesting several clubs, Sunderland and Wigan Athletic among them. There seems little prospect of Eric Djemba-Djemba pulling on a Villa shirt again and recent speculation suggests that Luke Moore could be on his way to Middlesbrough.


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