Trying to hold on to Gareth Barry is not all Martin O’Neill is trying to do these days, reports the Daily Mail. According to the English newspaper, the Aston Villa boss is working on bringing in reinforcements ahead of next season.
Among those reinforcements is Blackburn winger David Bentley. The former Arsenal trainee has had a good spell at Ewood Park since joining in 2005, but he now feels the need to move on in order to further his career.
“I want to be playing Champions League football. I want to push up the ladder and be as successful as I can.” Said Bentley, according to the Daily Mail.
“ItÃ¢â‚¬â„¢s not about money. IÃ¢â‚¬â„¢ve got ambitions to play for England and in the biggest games I can. ThatÃ¢â‚¬â„¢s what it is about and nobody can persuade me to change my mind.”
And, the same newspaper thinks that Martin O’Neill has already made a Ã‚Â£15 million offer for the England midfielder. A host of clubs are thought to be interested in Bentley, but the Villa boss hopes to gain an advantage by clinching the deal as quickly as possible.
The Blackburn board is not as keen on a speedy resolution. According to The Sun, the decision will be made with Mark Hughes’ successor, once he is hired.
Ã¢â‚¬Å“This is not something weÃ¢â‚¬â„¢ll even discuss until the new manager arrives.Ã¢â‚¬Â Said John Williams, Blackburn’s chairman, to The Sun.
[Sources: The Sun, The Daily Mail]
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