Vadillo, Coentrao, Bale, Bernard, Defoe, Huddlestone

A morning look around sees us linked with an 18 year old for €20m (£17.28 million). Quite where some clubs get these daft valuations from is beyond me.

The guys name is Alvero Vadillo and reports say Arsenal are after the Real Betis winger as well. He played 13 games last season through injury being taken off 10 times and brought on 3 times. In total however he only played 466 minutes which is the equivalent of 5 games and 16 minutes. In that time he didn't score a goal but recorded 2 assists to his name.

During the summer he was playing for the Spain U19 side in the European Championships scoring one goal in 4 games and providing 2 assists.

Primarily he plays on the left but he can play on the right wing as well. He is pacey and possess dribbling skills but as yet offers little goal scoring threat which makes his clubs €20m (£17.28 million) valuation of him rather far fetched.

Absolutely zero chance of a transfer happening at that price.

In other news some mindless moron phoned the training ground on Sunday to issue a death threat to Gareth Bale who wasn't there. The individual responsible must have a brain the size of a pea.

Plenty of talk of us still trying to sign 20 year-old winger Bernard (right) from Athletico Mineiro. Shahktar Donetsk are the only club to meet his valuation, our offer was around £15.7 million, some £6 million short of it. Bernard says he will meet the Russian club but is not near a move to them.

Besiktas continue their day dreams it seems now being linked with Jermain Defoe. Reports say they have failed to reach agreement with Adebayor when in fact they are banned from Europe and don't know if they will be allowed in until 30 August. Neither Adebayor nor Defoe will go there until they know if the club has European football that's for sure. WBA have recently been linked with Defoe as well but that also looks a non-starter.

Tom Huddlestone, the may who has trouble putting pen to paper, is now linked with Cardiff. There can't be many clubs who he hasn't spoken to and being on low wages seems reluctant to have the guts to prove himself at another club. He gives the impression of trundling through life not troubling anyone and doing an honest days work for a mediocre salary. Every company has them, he seems to be ours to me.

Fabio Coentrao is reported  as wanting to join Tottenham and not Chelsea having failed to settle to life at Real Madrid. The left-back would be an upgrade on our current options and be another step in the overhaul of our squad. Presumably Benoit Assou-Ekotto is not playing in the pre-season games so he doesn't get injured and ruin any potential move if Coentrao arrives.



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