Aston Villa’s Martin Laursen has admitted to Sky Sports News today, that he would be open to a move to either Tottenham Hotspur or Newcastle United. He describes both as “big clubs”.
Martin Laursen – interested in a move to Newcastle?
The Denmark international, who has played extremely well since Martin Oâ€™Neil took over as manager of Aston Villa about 17 months ago, has been Villaâ€™s number one center-back during that time. His contract with Aston Villa surprisingly runs out in June, and it is therefore not surprising that a number of Premier clubs have been linked with a bid for the defender.
New reports yesterday that both Tottenham and Newcastle are keen to sign him, the 30-year-old has admitted today that an offer would be tempting.
“I’ve read in the press that those two clubs would be interested in me,”
“I don’t know if they have spoken to Aston Villa, I haven’t heard anything, but it’s two big clubs and it’s certainly something that would interest me.”
“I’m feeling really well with Villa and would be open to extend with them if the terms are right.”
We are not sure where Laursen stands about leaving Aston Villa, but itâ€™s probably true he could get better terms at either Spurs or Newcastle United. But the ball is really in his court as to what he wants to do. Certainly Aston Villa are becoming a very strong side under Martin O’Neil and are headed upwards in the league.
But from a Newcastle viewpoint, Laursen has played very well this season and if he is available heâ€™s what Sam is after â€“ an experienced defender in the Premier League, who has proved himself. And since his contract at Villa has but 6 months to run, he wouldnâ€™t presumably cost much either. In fact he wouldn’t cost anything in the summer.
He has played 48 times for both Aston Villa and Denmark, and scored 6 goals for Villa and 2 goals for Denmark. He was previously at AC Milan and Parma and stands 6â€™2â€ tall.
But over his career, he has also missed quite a few games through injury, and as players get older, injuries usually become worse rather than better. So that could be a potential drawback with Martin.
We would still expect Big Sam to make an inquiry with Aston Villa however, at the very least.
What do you think?
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