Transfer news – Villa offered Spurs trio in exchange for Young
Tottenham are reportedly ready to offer Robbie Keane, Jermaine Jenas and David Bentley in exchange for Aston Villa winger Ashley Young.
Villa had tried warding off interest in the England international with a price tag of £30m, but Harry Redknapp is hoping that his assortment of White Hart Lane misfits will tempt Martin O’Neill.
Young has long been a target for Spurs, who are 11/4 to finish in the top four, though Villa could benefit most from a deal which would bring a wealth of Premier League experience to their squad.
Indeed, with Keane a prolific goalscorer and Bentley a creative force with much to prove having failed at Tottenham, O’Neill’s men would be a tempting bet at 15/8 to finish in the top six.
Bolton, meanwhile, are close to completing the permanent signing of Croatian striker Ivan Klasnic, who spent last season on loan at the Reebok Stadium.
Klasnic is keen to rejoin the Trotters from his current club Nantes, but Bolton will have to fork out £3m a year to fund the 30-year-old’s annual salary.
Priced at 4/1 to be relegated, Bolton will be keen to regain Klasnic’s services, following his eight-goal return in an impressive last campaign with the Lancashire club.
Another striker attracting interest from Premier League clubs is James Beattie, who is reportedly a target for West Brom and Blackburn.
Beattie began his career at Blackburn, and the 32-year-old is all but certain of leaving current employers Stoke City, having fallen out with manager Tony Pulis.
Blackburn are a little light in terms of attacking options, and Beattie could prove to be useful squad player for the Ewood Park side, who are 14/1 to finish in the top six. See the full Barclays Premier League Betting Odds market.