Date: 23rd July 2009 at 7:58am
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‘Reports’ recently, but growing more today, ‘claim’ an offer has been made for Sam Ricketts, Villa have upped their offer for Sylvain Distin – but face competition from Liverpool and Mark Viduka is on the radar?

Sam Ricketts

So, firstly onto Ricketts. The guy has been ‘linked’ for some time, he is a Welsh international and in the final year of his contract. He seems to have done well with Hull but I must admit that I have not paid enough attention to know exactly how good he is?

The Mirrors ‘claim’ is a £2m offer has been made, but Bolton also want him – though I had read the other day that Everton might fancy him too?

Sylvain Distin

Yesterday Peter Storrie said that Sylvain Distin was ‘not for sale’ – of course this does not mean he will not be sold, we just have to hope that we keep to this!

Various outlets were saying that Villa would ‘up their offer’, a reported £2.5m opening bid was rejected, but today – and again in The Mirror – it is ‘claimed’ that the bin dippers are ready to ‘rival’ Villa ‘once Martin O’Neill has agreed a price.’

So, it would appear that The Mirror believes that a price will be agreed anyway…

Mark Viduka

A few ‘reports’ of an interest in the 33-year-old Aussie have surfaced recently on t’internet but overnight fox sport, Australia, have picked up on this more and believe that Pompey are going ‘head-to-head’ with Hull for the veterans signature.

Should we be able to tempt Brian Kidd back to Fratton as a coach fox sport seems to think that would give us the ‘upper hand’ due to their past workings together.

As it is, in my thinking, I would not be keen on Viduka.

Yep, fantastic footballer on his day, but just look at the injuries – he would not come cheap and if we cannot get him out onto the pitch then what is the use? That said I was willing, and had hoped, for Michael Owen to sign, so what is the difference, well apart from 4-years in age…

So, what are the thoughts guys? Can you see any of the above being anything more than ‘gossip’, or do you think there could be some truth in some, most or all?

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