Tottenham and West Ham keepers on Aston Villa shortlist

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While Spurs might be more than happy to let Paul Robinson leave the club, perhaps the same can’t be said for West Ham, who surely regard Robert Green as one of their key players in the squad.

The former Norwich keeper has been a very consistent performer for the Hammers over the past couple of seasons, and Aston Villa would surely have their work cut out if they tried to snare him from the Boleyn Ground this summer. West Ham aren’t exactly a selling club these days and would probably have the same ambitions as their Midlands rivals next season. Nevertheless, The Guardian report that the player’s on the shortlist.

Although Green remains tied to a long-term deal at West Ham, he is known to be frustrated that his impressive performances last term, when he was named supporters’ player of the year and earned a recall to the England squad, have not been rewarded with an improved contract to bring his salary in line with many of his team-mates. With no talks currently planned between the club and the player, Villa would appear to be in a strong position to entice Green to the Midlands.

It’s English keepers all the way for Martin O’Neill, with Scott Carson spending last season on loan from Liverpool and now Robinson and Green in the offing. I’m sure most Villa fans would prefer the latter in goal for them next season, but is the Spurs shot-stopper the likelier option?

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