The Daily ITK Discussion Thread - The Benteke Bingo Edition 16th July 2013

When will we sign Benteke?


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EnfieldYiddo

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They have quite an old-fashioned journalistic relationship - you scratch my back I scratch yours

Burt pushed AVB's agenda very hard over the PSG stuff to force the Baldini appointment through. In return I guess he gets snippets - hence being the first to break Paulinho and our strong interest in Villa

Before Burt, the club's semi-official leak was Gary Jacob of the Times (not the same one who does Talksport).
Interesting.
Maybe so but we've not heard one mention of Lamela from ITK's or in any sustained form in the press; this part I would fathom may be a tad of the sensationalist journalist coming out in Burt.

Either that or to take your view on the relationship, perhaps AVB is leaking this target to put pressure on Levy and co. (Just musing...)
 

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Exactly. I wish people would stop mentioning him. It would be too good.
Yep. Plus every single possible deal (with the exception of Lloris) that we've been linked to in the past that I allowed myself to get excited over, ended up going the way of the dodo. Forlan, Suarez, Vucinic, Moutinho, Villa....

I'm trying to generate some excitement over the possibility of signing Benteke, but it's just not working. I might try hypnosis.
 

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Interesting.
Maybe so but we've not heard one mention of Lamela from ITK's or in any sustained form in the press; this part I would fathom may be a tad of the sensationalist journalist coming out in Burt.

Either that or to take your view on the relationship, perhaps AVB is leaking this target to put pressure on Levy and co. (Just musing...)
I think Lamela was in response to a question about him, rather than something Burt actively volunteered

My opinion is that Burt gets things when there's confidence that it's done/is too advance to be harmed, but it's still an exclusive for him to break (Paulinho being a textbook case, Villa maybe a bit less so). Although I'm sure he and AVB have casual chats, and maybe AVB embargos the sensitive stuff - like this 'alternative duo' tonight.
 

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Some interesting stuff from Burt in the last hour worth checking out - Benteke will take a while as Villa won't lower from £25-30m; Chadli the most likely wide forward, though Lamela on the list; and still surprise alternatives to Benteke + Bernard/Chadli/Lamela that haven't been mentioned yet.
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Got a link ?
off to twitter for you BC ;)

Burt mentioned Lamela AGES ago in a piece as someone we could be interested in; very casual really and tonight he's responded very non-comitally to a question.
Lamela sounds a million miles away and Burt isn't encouraging it.
 

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off to twitter for you BC ;)

Burt mentioned Lamela AGES ago in a piece as someone we could be interested in; very casual really and tonight he's responded very non-comitally to a question.
Lamela sounds a million miles away and Burt isn't encouraging it.

It also doesn't make much sense as it would most likely signal the stay of the 4-2-3-1. Which obviously would mean that one of Dembele/Sandro/Paulinho would be benched.
 

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Doesn't Lamela play the position as Bale though? Wide-right forward? Plus he would be with £25m+ not happening.

Higuain as an alternative to Benteke seems semi-plausible. Although wages will be an issue .
 

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Fucking hell, I try to can the Lamela talk so what does everyone do??

Talk about Lamela.

NOT COMING

Move along, nothing to see here.
 

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I thought you were all for the 'horses for courses' approach?

I most definitely am, but I think that will be more a variation of the 4-3-3 as opposed to switching between the 4-2-3-1. I wouldn't rule it out, but with our strength in depth being our midfield, I think we will alter the midfield 3 as opposed to a forward 4 in the 4-2-3-1. Just my personal opinion. I believe we might be gradually distancing ourselves from the 4-2-3-1.

So, essentially adding a player who is so similar to Bale, I don't see the fit. Especially given the likely price tag.
 

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Interesting thread today, thats for sure.

Journalist usually on the ball and I like his info, but I think with the Benteke issue, he is either being fed lines by Villa or is just protecting his club. He's said they don't like Levy before, and I'm sure thats true, but if Benteke is a 'lively' one and is pushing for a move to us, they need to at least play a little ball with us most likely, for their onw good.

Unless another team come in.
 
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