Amen, things are starting to warm up after a very slow start to the window (at least from an Aston Villa point of view), where I was really hoping that Paul Lambert might have already had some hidden gems lined up as very early signings, ready to throw straight into the fray.
I suspect that he hasn’t, which worries me slightly, in that perhaps the club thought things were fine up until the disaster that was the festive season; but regardless, I’m sure many fans will be hoping this one is true.
James Nursey, of the Daily Mirror, suggests that we might be in for Joleon Lescott.
I personally think it’s a load of rubbish, for the following reasons:
a) He’s too old.
b) What money is he currently on? Would we even be willing to pay half of his wages?
c) Can anyone really see us signing him on a contract of any length, given the clear path we’re going down?
Whatever, it’s a tasty rumour.
We always like us being associated with quality, after all.
It’s what we deserve, isn’t it?
In the same article, Mr Nursey also claims that we’re after an experienced centre half, a ball winning midfielder and a new left back.
Hardly imaginative stuff, but who knows?, it’s probably correct.
Where the article really falls down for me, is the statement that Shay Given is available, along with Darren Bent.
The latter, the whole world and his dog knows about, even if it’s been denied and I can see a couple of clubs that might be willing to take a punt.
How much of a loss is that going to involve?
Who would come anywhere near approaching his wages at his age, even with a fifty per cent subsidy? (another massive loss for the club, even though I quite rate him and would be happy to see him step in).
Remind me, which genius signed him for the Villa, on a five year contract, in the first place?
Or did he?