News in the Daily Mirror today that Aston Villa will make a £5M bid for England U21 defender and reported Newcastle target, Nedum Onuoha.
Nedum Onuoha – Aston Villa interested
There was news last week that Newcastle United had been thinking of bidding around £3.5M for the center-back, and we heard that Manchester City valued the player closer to £6M.
Nedum sees his future away from the Eastlands club, as may a number of other young City players, who have come through the Youth academy, as big spending City seem determined to spend lots of money this summer to bring new players into the side.
The England Under-21 defender signed a new five year contract at Manchester City last summer, but that was when Mark Hughes was still manager, and he feels he will not have a future under new manager Roberto Mancini.
We think he’s right on that one.
If this news of an Aston Villa bid is true, it will not be good news for Newcastle manager Chris Hughton, who has very limited transfer funds available this summer.
However Martin O’Neil tends to play the same eleven every week, and if Nedum is a fringe player at Villa, he’ll see very little action – just ask former Newcastle right back Habib Beye, who joined Villa last summer yet only appeared 9 times for the club last season.
On the other hand James Milner, who was one of the regulars, appeared 47 times for Villa last season.
Not surprisingly Habib wants away from Villa this summer, and there is some debate amongst Newcastle fans whether he could end up back on Tyneside, after electing to leave the sinking ship last August.
But of course Aston Villa are a very good club, and are fighting for a European Champions League place and will be an attractive club to Nedum, no doubt about that.