Tottenham are reported to have offered Tom Huddlestone and David Bentley as makeweights in a bid to land Villa's England winger Ashley Young and giant Norwegian John Carew. Martin O'Neill sees England U21 regular Huddlestone, who has only made sporadic appearances for Spurs, as an ideal replacement for Gareth Barry. Bentley is a longterm target of O'Neill, who lost out to Tottenham when the winger moved from Blackburn at the end of last season. With Redknapp keen to fill his squad with proven top-flight players, Carew and Young certainly fit the bill. It remains to be seen whether O'Neill would be willing to part with Young – last season's Young Player of the Season – and Carew, who has made a big impression in the Premiership since signing from Lyon in 2007. If Villa refuse Tottenham's advances, the Midlands club are still expected to offer a cash bid for Huddlestone – but they can expect competition from a plethora of Premier League sides including Everton, Bolton and Sunderland.
8 June 2009
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