There have been rumours this week that Jermain Defoe could be a shock signing for Aston Villa this summer but I have very serious doubts about any potential deal.
As you can see here, the bookies have Aston Villa amongst the favourites to sign the Sunderland striker who is rumoured to be looking elsewhere after the Mackem’s relegation was confirmed last weekend.
Villa is currently 8/1 on landing the England International but surely he will have other suitors in the Premiership. Bournemouth and West Ham are also said to be interested in the 34-year-old striker.
Defoe has a history with both them clubs having started his professional career at the Hammers and also a loan spell with Bournemouth in the 2000-01 season.
There is no doubt I would take Defoe despite his age. The former Tottenham and Toronto player has
scored goals wherever he has gone during his career and recently scored upon his England recall under Gareth Southgate.
The downfalls would be that he would demand a sizeable wage with rumours suggesting he is on around £70,000 a week at Sunderland and then, of course, there is his age.
Defoe will turn 35 in October and Villa could pretty much forget about any potential return on their investment.
I personally think it is is a ridiculous rumour and I wasn’t going to give this rumour the time of day but I have been asked about it a few times on both social media and the Avillafan forum so I thought I would give my views on it.
Sunderland being relegated and Villa losing Jonathan Kodjia has got the bookies and journalists putting two and two together without any real substance. I wouldn’t completely rule it out as none of us truly know what happens behind closed doors at Bodymoor Heath but I would think it was extremely unlikely.
Another player being linked with a move to Aston Villa is Norwich goalkeeper John Ruddy.
Norwich City recently revealed that the 30-year-old former England goalkeeper would be ending his seven-year spell at the club when his contract runs out this summer.
Ruddy has a vast amount of experience and as he is available on a free may make him more appealing to Steve Bruce, who is in the market for a new goalkeeper this summer.
Mark Bunn’s future as Villa’s number two goalkeeper looks set to be up with his contract up this summer but Aston Villa hasn’t confirmed what the future holds for the 32-year-old.
Sam Johnstone is still believed to be Steve Bruce’s number one target though.