Rumour Mill-Damien? Will it be a Double Duff?
It is being reported in the Irish media today that Aston Villa boss Martin O`Neill is willing to give Newcastle`s Damien Duff a chance to resurrect his career at Villa Park.
But might not the Republic of Ireland International following Newcastle's relegation prefer to join another Claret & Blue side in the Premier League? A club that will guarantee a more regular place in the starting eleven? Could we be about to see two Duffos in the Clarets squad with Michael playing alongside his namesake?
Burnley along with fellow newly promoted Wolves, are by all accounts also enquiring about the 30 year-old. His age though does suggest it would go against the recent target announced by Operations Director, Brendan Flood. He is on record as saying recently that players aged 20-24 would more suit the bill as the Clarets prepare for their first ever season in the Premier League and their first in the top flight for 33 years:
'It will be early July before anything properly starts to happen. But the identity of the players we`re after is younger; probably the 20-24-year-old bracket.'
There is no doubt though that someone with Duff's experience of the Premier League could be invaluable although the Clarets fans might have something to say about employing a former Blackburn Rovers player!
The former Blackburn and Chelsea winger moved to Newcastle United in July 2006 for £5 million after signing a 5 year contract.
However will he be happy plying his trade in the Championship with Newscastle if an opportunity in the top flight comes along?
Duff confirmed his intention to stay at the club and help them back into the Premier League just after the Toons were relegated but would he seriously turn down the chance to play in the top flight again? He does too need to keep in the limelight at his age with the potential for the Republic of Ireland to play in the World Cup Finals next summer.
A report in the Evening Herald states that Duff may not be keen on going to the highest bidder and may opt to take his talents abroad with Italy and Spain specifically mentioned.
So anything can happen and it looks like on this occasion we should take the link to the Clarets with a pinch of salt! What do you think?