Posted by Steve Murphy Labels: Aston Villa, Cardiff, Celtic, Craig Bellamy, Everton, Santa Cruz, Stephen Ireland, West Ham
Bellamy’s new club looks increasingly like his boy hood hero’s Cardiff City after Celtic’s chief executive Peter Lawwell claimed Bellamy wanted to return home: “We agreed a deal with Manchester City and we had been talking to Craig for over a week. But at the end of the day, if you lose out to someone who wants to go home there’s nothing you can do about it.”
Bellamy and Ireland missed first team training yesterday. Whilst Bellamy was reportedly travelling back to Cardiff Ireland was forced to train with the reserve squad as he holds out for a £2 million payout from City before signing any deal with Aston Villa. Aston Villa meanwhile threatened to use Milner on Thursday night in Europe, and that would cup-tie the player should he transfer to City.
Santa-Cruz has become an £8 million target for West Ham United. West Ham are keen to bolster their attacking options before the close of the transfer window. Avram Grant appears to have missed out on French striker Loic Remy and Everton’s Yakubu, leaving Stana Cruz as West Hams main target.