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Aston Villa manager Steve Bruce has confirmed he will be interested in signing Jack Wilshere, if the midfielder will be willing to come down to the Championship.
Wilshere’s future has been an intense topic of debate all summer due to claims that he is now surplus to requirements at the Emirates.
Turkish club Antalyaspor were heavily linked with the midfielder but they couldn’t agree a fee with Arsenal.
Villa are another club being credited with interest in the England international and Bruce has now revealed he would be interested in signing Wilshere if the opportunity arises but ruled out spending big to land the midfielder.
Speaking on his club’s transfer target, Bruce said, as quoted by the Daily Cannon:
“Snoddy (Robert Snodgrass) is somebody I’ve known for a long time – I bought him for Hull – so that’s something we’re looking into and exploring.”
“The Jack Wilshere one – hey, who wouldn’t want Jack Wilshere? But I don’t know whether we’re capable of landing him and let’s not forget he’s only 25.
“People have said that I’ve got millions and million to spend, where it’s been the complete opposite. With financial fair play, unfortunately we haven’t got millions and millions to spend so I’ve got to be a little bit prudent, see what we can do and try and balance the books.
“In that respect it’s been a very difficult summer, but an enjoyable one.
“I think the vast majority of supporters understand that. If they think I’m going to breeze in just before last Christmas and turn it around within six months, that ain’t gonna happen.
“But thankfully we’re starting to have the makings of a very decent squad, so I’m very confident of where we sit at the minute and very confident we’ll make a fist of it.”
Bruce is obviously trying to play safe here as he knows it will be extremely difficult for him to sign Wilshere who is apparently determined to fight for his place at the Emirates.
If you are an Aston Villa fan you will be upset to hear that the man who scored 40% of all your goals last season has put in a transfer request.
If there was ever a time to pick when as a footballer to ask for a transfer it has to be Christian Benteke od Aston Villa with the big Belgium picking his moment with perfection by handing in his transfer request a day after much speculation in the Press that having lost out on Napoli striker Edinson Cavani to Paris Saint-Germain Jose Mourinho would now turn his attention to last season’s Premiership sensation Christian Benteke.
The timing could not have been better, as it is there are very few top class strikers around that are available, and you have at least four top teams in the Premiership looking for a striker, and as I already said Chelsea have lost out on Cavani and Robert Lewandowski leaving Chelsea with two people to consider Benteke or Hulk.
Andres Villas-Boas is devastated that he could not land his main target Barcelona’s David Villa preferring to stay in Spain signing for Athletico Madrid for less money than Spurs were willing to pay so that means they will now be after Benteke or a cheaper option from Valencia in the form of Roberto Soldado.
Liverpool too have been tracking the Congolese born Belgium as a replacement for Luis Suarez who it appears is on his way out of Anfield after his agent Pere Guardiola paid Brendan Rodgers and Ian Ayer a visit at Liverpool’s Melwood training ground yesterday.
Then there is Arsenal who just cannot get that deal finalized for Argentinian striker Gonzalo Higuain who after having a £30 million bid turned down by Liverpool for Suarez could also switch their attention to Benteke.
Even Villa manager Paul Lambert is resigned to the fact that the 22-year-old is leaving but after signing him from Genk last season for £7 million American owner Randy Lerner will see a nice profit with Benteke selling for around £20 million.
Chelsea’s new manager Jose Mourinho upset that he was unable to land Uruguay striker Edinson Cavani from Napoli following Laurent Blanc’s arrival at the Parc des Princes.
Blanc an admirer of Cavani was unlike Chelsea willing to pay the 26-year-olds buyout clause, deciding that the strong striker would be a perfect fit for the Qatari owned French champions Paris Saint-Germain where he will play alongside Sweden’s Zlatan Ibrahimovic in the Parisian attack.
The other striker Mourinho wanted was Borussia Dortmund’s Polish international Robert Lewandowski, but the Pole has committed himself to one more year at the Westphalia side, and will then move to play for European Champions Bayern Munich.
Mourinho has always favored a strong front man capable of leading the attack on his own as was the case with Didier Drogba, and has now turned to Aston Villa’s front man Christian Benteke who almost singlehandedly kept Villa from being relegated last season thanks to his 19 goals.
At only 22-year-old the Belgium international would certainly be interested in joining a club that will by competing not only for the Premiership title, but the Champions League also, with the bonus that he could play along with his Belgium teammate Romelu Lukaku.
Aston Villa have said that Benteke is not for sale yet should Chelsea make a reasonably sized offer I can see the striker moving to Stamford Bridge, as Chelsea’s current two strikers Fernando Torres and Demba Ba are not in the Portuguese managers future plans.