BARCLAYS PREMIER LEAGUE
England’s out-of-favour goalkeeper Paul Robinson could be about to make the switch to the Midlands in a bid to resurrect his promising career after sources in London claimed the Spurs keeper is the target of a £5 million bid from Aston Villa.
Villa have so far refused to confirm or deny their interest in the 28-year-old keeper but manager Martin O’Neill is desperate to sign a quality keeper after deciding not to pursue the purchase of Scott Carson from Liverpool after an indifferent season’s form during last season’s loan spell.
It is understood Villa are interested in Robinson but are also still considering a renewed bid for American keeper Brad Guzan who is first choice at Major League Soccer side Chivas.
Villa just missed out on signing Guzan in the last transfer window after he was denied a work permit because at that stage he had not made enough appearances for his country.
Villa are thought to be planning a move for the player who recently featured for the United States against England at Wembley but the American transfer window does not open until July 15.
O’Neill has apparently not only decided against Carson but also allowed Danish keeper Thomas Sorensen to vacate Villa Park and now only has former Arsenal No 2. Stuart Taylor at his disposal.
Robinson has been said to be unhappy at White Hart Lane since a disagreement with head coach Juande Ramos in January and has had to watch from the sidelines as first Spurs opted to play Radek Cerny in his place and are now set to bring in PSV keeper Heurelho Gomes who will be the club’s new No1 with atransfer deal pending over the next few days.
Robinson lost his England place to David James and, ironically, Scott Carson after a series of blunders but is said to be desperate to get his international career back on track by regaining his form at club level. He is also eager to be a regular first team football again and sources close to the player said last night that he would relish working with O’Neill.
But after his side’s Carling Cup victory over Chelsea earlier this season, Robinson looked set to battle for his place once more insisting there was no rift with Ramos.
He said at the time: “The manager doesn’t see the goalkeeper as a different position, he sees you as part of his team. If a striker is not
scoring goals he’ll take him out, if the goalkeeper is not doing his job he’ll take him out.
That’s the way it’s been.
“It was difficult to accept at first but that is the way it is. I’m not going to lie and say it’s been easy. People know it’s been rough.”
Robinson is not the first Spurs player to be linked with a move to Villa Park this summer with Tom Huddlestone and Darren Bent and also among the 113 players linked to speculation with Villa this summer with the club still to make its first signing of the summer.