FOREST WANT JENAS
Nottingham Forest are looking to make Tottenham midfielder Jermaine Jenas as their marquee signing in the summer transfer window. The former Newcastle United midfielder has been marginalised that Tottenham after the arrival of Harry Redknapp.
The situation is not expected to improve even after the arrival of new manager Andre Villas-Boas. Even though the Portuguese has admitted that he is willing to give all the players a chance to prove themselves, he is extremely focused on the young players at the club. At 30 years of age, the former England midfielder cannot expect many opportunities under the former Chelsea manager.
As a result, it is thought that he is willing to make a permanent move away from the club after spending the last two seasons on loan at various clubs. Nottingham Forest have emerged as the surprise destination for the midfielder. The club, which are backed by the Arabian owners, are extremely keen on getting the club back into the Premier league. As a result, they are looking to make some important signings in this summer transfer window. Jermaine Jenas has a key role to play in this spending spree because he will be positioned as the marquee signing of the club.
Jermaine Jenas will also be excited at the prospect of joining Nottingham Forest knowing that he will get regular football. It would also help him find his way back into the international fold. Even though he is now 30 years of age, the likes of Tottenham midfielder Scott Parker have proved that age is not a deterrent factor when it comes to establishing as an international midfielder. Aston Villa were extremely close to making the signing of Jermaine Jenas permanent until the major injury last season forced him to return to Tottenham. Jermaine Jenas is currently on the pre-season tour of the US.
FULHAM WANT JENAS
Fulham are looking at the possibility of signing Tottenham midfielder Jermaine Jenas in the summer transfer window, according to the Tottenham news website. The former Newcastle United midfielder has not had a lot of first-team opportunities with the London club after the arrival of Harry Redknapp.
He has spent a few seasons on loan at various clubs over the past few seasons. Even though Tottenham recently parted company with manager Harry Redknapp, it is still thought that Jermaine Jenas will be looking to secure a move away from Tottenham in order to get regular first-team football. Fulham have emerged as a real contender for his signature, as they look to replace Danny Murphy.
The 35-year-old former Liverpool midfielder recently moved to Championship club Blackburn Rovers on a two year deal. This would leave a major void in the first team of Fulham due to the fact that Danny Murphy was an ever present in the starting line-up under manager Martin Jol.
Signing Jermaine Jenas would be a major coup for Fulham given that he was one of the outstanding players for Martin Jol when he was managing Tottenham a few seasons back. The 29-year-old is expected to be the replacement for Danny Murphy, but there is a chance that he could still get opportunities at Tottenham to the expected departure of Luka Modric.
The Croatian midfielder has been linked with a £ 35 million move to Spanish club Real Madrid in the summer. This coupled with the injury problems suffered by midfielder Scott Parker at the Euro 2012 is likely to rule him out for the first few weeks of the campaign, and the possibility that Gareth Bale will move on too.
This should ensure that Jermaine Jenas gets a real opportunity to impress the new manager, who is expected to be unveiled in the next week. Andre Villas-Boas is currently leading the race to secure the Tottenham job.
SPURS CLOSE IN ON VERTONGHEN
Tottenham have said that they are extremely close to signing Ajax defender Jan Vertonghen in a £ 9.6 million deal. Tottenham have been linked with the Dutch defender for quite a while now in order to replace the likes of William Gallas and Ledley King.
Due to the fact that their captain Michael Dawson has also suffered a number of injury problems in the past, the central defensive position is an area of major concern for Tottenham going into the next season. They have no wasted no time in sealing the deal for one of the highly rated defenders in Europe.
Tottenham will be hoping that Jan Vertonghen turns out to be the next Thomas Vermaelen. The Belgian defender was signed by arch rivals Arsenal from Ajax a few seasons ago. Despite his lack of height, he has turned out to be one of the best signings Arsenal have made in recent seasons. Jan Vertonghen has confirmed that he wanted to sign for Tottenham from the first instance due to the fact that the English club has shown a lot of interest. This is a major coup for Tottenham given that they are extremely close to securing the signature of the player, who is coveted by many clubs across Europe.
“I have a preference for Spurs. I’ve got the best feeling for that club and I’m a ‘feeling person’. They already invited me and want to handle it quickly. They say I’m their only option, which I take as a compliment,” Vertonghen said. It is certainly going to be easy for Jan Vertonghen to settle in the English game due to the fact that the club already has a Dutchman in the form of Rafael van der Vaart, who is one of the established members of the Tottenham team.
JENAS INJURY BLOW
Jermaine Jenas only recently signed for Aston Villa on a season long loan deal from Tottenham, but he has been ruled out for the rest of the season after suffering an Achilles injury. This comes as a major blow for both Tottenham and Aston Villa.
Harry Redknapp would have been hoping that his player would come back is a strong player after some much-needed game time at Aston Villa, but the player is not only going to miss his loan spell, but also his opportunity to come back into the Tottenham side as well. Aston Villa and Tottenham have issued a statement stating that Jermaine Jenas has now undergone a surgery to repair the damage.
Jermaine Jenas suffered the injury in the match against Manchester United and was stretchered off. Aston Villa lost the match 1-0, but that was the least of Alex McLeish’s problems. The Aston Villa manager now has a real situation in his hands with regard to the midfield.
Signing Jermaine Jenas on loan help of Alex McLeish overcome some of the problems. However, it was not until November that Jermaine Jenas was able to make his debut for Aston Villa. He was earlier restricted from making his debut for Aston Villa due to the same Achilles problems, but it has now escalated to a whole new level.
“To lose a player of his talent and experience is bad enough, but never to have seen him play enough in the Villa shirt for our fans to appreciate the player he is, that’s terrible bad luck. Obviously, we wish Jermaine as speedy a recovery as possible and a full recovery, too. He has been a great professional to have at the club since he arrived on loan in August,” Alex McLeish said when asked about Jermaine Jenas and his injury.