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#Stephen Ireland

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THE MANCHESTER CITY exodus continues. First Craig Bellamy, then Stephen Ireland, and while Shay Given still ponders over a move, Turkish side Beşiktaş have announced a £16m (€19.5m) bid for wantaway Brazilian striker Robinho, with a potential £10m more in add-ons.

INTERNATIONAL EXILE Stephen Ireland looks set to be confirmed as an Aston Villa player later today, with the former Ireland international midfielder moving to Villa Park as part-exchange for the signing of James Milner.

Oliver Kay of the London Times has reported on Twitter that Villa have given Milner permission to travel to Eastlands to undergo a medical exam prior to his signing a multi-year deal with City.

With City having already shelled out £22.5m (€27.3m) for Italian midfielder Mario Balotelli, the Blues baulked at Villa’s £25m valuation of Milner and instead opted to offer Ireland as a part-exchange to finalise the deal.

Kay tweeted that the fee for Milner had been agreed at £18m, including potential add-ons based on City’s performance over the coming years, with Ireland to move in the opposite direction.

Milner’s departure, while a good financial move for Villa with the midlands club having signed the player for just £12m from Newcastle last summer, means the Villans have now lost both their manager and best player in the space of a week.

City have also seen Craig Bellamy leave the club this morning, with the Welsh striker moving to Cardiff on a season-long loan, while Balotelli has agreed to swap shirt numbers with Irish international defender Greg Cunningham.

Cunningham had worn the number 45 shirt coveted by Balotelli, who wore that number at Inter Milan, and has agreed to take the number 22 shirt formerly held by Richard Dunne, who himself moved from City to Villa last year after a nine-year tenure.

WITH LESS THAN FOUR weeks to go until the closure of the transfer window – keeping those poor millionaire footballers tied to their current employers for a savage four whole months – it can be difficult to keep up with all the wheeling and dealing.

That’s why we’ve done you a favour by grabbing all the rumours, conjecture, and downright lies circulating the interwebs to bring you a concise, hit-by-hit list of what’s going on in the transfer world.

We’re nice, aren’t we?

  • Manchester City’s international exile Stephen Ireland is linked with a move to Aston Villa; Martin O’Neill is said to be a big fan of the Corkman and is prepared to swap James Milner to take command of him.
    There’s just one problem though – the serial granny-worrier isn’t prepared to take a pay cut, being on over £3m a year, and Villa aren’t necessarily all that keen on forking out quite so much.
  • One of the reasons Ireland is being shunted away from Eastlands is because City are trying to free up cash for the transfer of Inter Milan striker Mario Balotelli. Similarly, though, pay is an issue for Balotelli too.
    City have no problem handing over the £25m to sign him, but the Italian wants £180,000 – that’s €215,000, almost as much as Brian Cowen gets in a year – per week, and won’t budge on his demands. City, unsurprisingly, aren’t keen.
  • Spartak Moscow fans, meanwhile, are angry at how much their club are willing to pay for Ireland international Aiden McGeady, who’s in town to agree a transfer from Celtic.
    It’s believed Spartak would destroy their wage structure, prepared to offer him almost €50,000 a week, and fans aren’t sure he’s worth the club’s money. Predictably, they’ve apparently named him… McGreedski.
  • Tottenham are said to be in a bidding war with Newcastle for Sporting Lisbon forward Yannick Djalo – guess who’s going to win there. Interestingly, though, that’d be another person competing against Robbie Keane for a starting berth.
  • Fresh from scoring seven at the Aviva last night, Manchester United are willing to hand over Anderson in exchange for Lassana Diarra from Real Madrid, who – like most of their current roster – is surplus to requirements. Young Senegalese man Mame Biram Diouf is on his way out of Old Trafford after just one year – though only temporarily, apparently being loaned to Blackburn.
  • Champions Chelsea, meanwhile, are about to finalise the purchase of Brazilian midfielder Ramires pending his medical which could be held as quickly as this evening.

ROBBIE KEANE has been told he could play a major role in Tottenham’s coming season by boss Harry Redknapp.

The Ireland captain – who was loaned out to Celtic for the second half of last season, having become a bit part in Spurs’ successful bid to qualify for the Champions’ League – had been linked with a permanent move north of the border.

But the Tottenham boss says Keane has every chance of being a significant part in Tottenham’s season as they do battle on four fronts.

Redknapp had previously said that Keane, 30, would only be loaned out again if he was unhappy with the amount of time on the pitch he was being offered at White Hart Lane, and that he would only be let move full-time if another club lodged a substantial bid.

The Tallaght man will face stiff competition from the likes of Roman Pavlyuchenko, Peter Crouch and Jermain Defoe for a starting berth this season, but has impressed in pre-season and has been told he could start in Spurs’ first game of the season.

Keane scored in Tottenham’s 2-2 draw with Sporting Lisbon yesterday, following up his goal against the New York Red Bulls (a game in which Thierry Henry scored on his debut) on Thursday.

Redknapp said Keane “looked sharp and bright – and he is still very much in the plans.

“He wants to start every game and if he keeps playing as he did today, he can do… there is every chance he could start.”

Meanwhile, international exile Stephen Ireland has been told to consider a move away from Manchester City after being warned he might not make Roberto Mancini’s final 25-man Premier League squad.