Unfortunately, it's the guy making the high challenge Aston Villa are "interested" in, not Marek Hamsik. (Photo by Lars Baron/Getty Images)
Aston Villa have been linked with Holland captain Mark van Bommel, apparently to ease the pain of Charlie Adam slipping through their fingers and over to Liverpool. Because in the transfer market, all midfielders are equal.
It's quite easy to poke fun at the ongoing rumor fest that is January, but the van Bommel to Villa story is even better than most. Bayern Munich doesn't want to offer captain van Bommel a new deal, seeing how he's 33 years old and mostly good for dirty work. So they'll sell him in January before his contract runs out. Makes sense so far. van Bommel wants to move to England. Why, over Italy, I don't know. But because he wants to move to England, he must be ... going to Aston Villa! Why? Because "Gerard Houllier remains keen to bring some experience to his Villa squad."
Of course. Thanks for clearing it up for me, Sky Sports. This link doesn't seem at all fragile or contentious. Moving on.
After Charlie Adam's superb performance in yesterday's match against Liverpool, the Reds have decided they want him for themselves. So it comes down to this: a former Liverpool manager against the current one. Will Kenny Dalglish win, or will Gerard Houllier be more persuasive? Or will Ian Holloway get his way, seeing as yesterday he mentioned that Adam will be staying, that Blackpool were more than enough for the midfielder, and that really, only Manchester United and a lot of cash could pry him away from Bloomfield Road.
And really, how would Dalglish and Houllier settle this battle? "We've got a lot of history" "Yeah, well, I saw you play yesterday and you forgot how to pass a football" "But we beat you lot 3-0" "At least we managed to beat a club below us in the Carling Cup"
Then Adam jumps in, pushes the two apart and reminds them that he's not going to any club battling relegation. No, he's staying at Blackpool, who are flying high in ninth place.