Two players looking for a new challenge could find a move to Villa Park to their liking.
Aston Villa are weighing up a double swoop for Tottenham midfield pair David Bentley and Jermaine Jenas. Spurs are ready to lower the £12million asking price for
Bentley as manager Harry Redknapp looks for the funds to sign Celtic’s Scott Brown.
Redknapp is also keen on Manchester City winger Martin Petrov, meaning a second player — likely to be Jenas — must also be shipped out.
An opening-day defeat to Wigan means Villa boss Martin O’Neill is keen to speed up
his recruitment plans.
O’Neill is only willing to make a £6m down-payment for Bentley, who is on police bail having been charged with drink-driving after crashing his Porsche last week.
The deal could rise to £8m with add-ons, while Jenas is likely to go for about £7m.
In June Sportsmail revealed Villa’s interest after Jenas slipped out of favour following the arrival of Wilson Palacios. (Daily Mail)
The way Aston Villa performed in their opening day defeat at home to Wigan will have had many fans worried. Last season ended poorly and clearly this has had a knock on effect and Martin O’Neill will need his side improve radically if they are to scale the dizzy heights of last season.
Jermaine Jenas and David Bentley could both benefit from a new challenge and a move to the midlands side fits both very well and alot will depend on how much Harry Redknapp demands for them. Considering both are not deemed as part of his long term plans he may well accept the £15m fee for the pair that is quoted by this source, and if so that would be one hell of a decent deal given both are of good age and have in the past been very good performers. Perhaps most importantly both are former England internationals who may harbour hopes, albeit unlikely, of a call up by Fabio Capello.