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Aston Villa make £16m Defoe bid

Aston Villa are reported to have made a £16m bid for Portsmouth striker Jermain Defoe. The Birmingham club are looking to strengthen their squad in an attempt to break into the top four this season.

Defoe was left on the bench yesterday during Portsmouth's 1-0 defeat to Arsenal increasing speculation that he is set to leave the cash strapped club. Spurs were reported to be interested in resigning the 26-year-old, but look to have been priced out of the market.

With Villa riding high in the Premier League, England striker Defoe may be tempted to join Martin O'Neill's side but big spenders Manchester City are also reported to be interested in signing the player.

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