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Villa deny making bid for Portsmouth striker Defoe

Aston Villa boss Martin O'Neill has ridiculed reports he has bid for Portsmouth striker Jermain Defoe. The Villa boss said: "We have not enquired about any player at the moment so this idea we have bid zillions for some particular player is simply untrue.

"Obviously we are looking to improve the squad. The team has done phenomenally well but they have been on the go competitively since the middle of July.

"If you are trying to make progress in the Premiership, the FA Cup or the UEFA Cup then obviously we have got to have a look at players.

"But this idea that we are going to put bids in left, right and centre is nonsense."

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