Defensive discussions

Last updated : 18 January 2008 By Tom Vickers
The rumour mill at Villa Park is working overtime as we are over half-way through the month and yet to witness a dishing out of Randy's dollars.
The right back slot is the main talking point with Chimbonda again being linked and a new rumour emerging. Nedum Onuoha is the latest name in the frame and the strong Man City defender has been touted as a £6 million signing.
Onuoha is an England Under-21 international with a bright future. He is a composed defender who likes to get forward and could add yet more youth and longevity to an already fledgling side.
The Claret and Blue also have an interest in Romanian centre back Dorin Goian. The 6ft 5in Steaua Bucharest defender is known for his goalscoring capabilities, much like current Villa man Martin Laursen.
"Goe" as he is affectionately known, plays for the Romanian national side and is likely to appear in Euro 2008 this summer. He could be an interesting addition to our already imposing squad.
The final link of the day is not a defender but a striker. Can you guess who it is? You're right, it's Jermain Defoe. Apparently the Spurs front man has been spotted at the Villa training ground, with rumours abound that he will join for £10 million.
He's a top notch player, but it's time speculation about the England man was clarified one way or the other.