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Race Hots Up For Boateng

George Boateng, Coventry City FCPremiership clubs are jockeying for position in the race to sign George Boateng from Coventry City.

City have not indicated whether the young Dutchman is for sale but that will not deter the bigger clubs offering huge sums to persuade them to part with the player who cost 230,000 two years ago.

Aston Villa appear to be favourites but an auction could develop over the next few weeks if Coventry decide to stick out for the highest bidder.

Media reports said Boateng would sign for Villa but for him to do so the Midlands giant would have to meet Coventry’s 5 million asking price. But if Coventry do decide to let the Dutchman leave they would probably prefer him to go to any club rather than Villa and at a bigger figure than 5 million.

They well remember the fiasco surrounding Dion Dublin’s move to Villa Park last season and in March they reported their Midland rivals to the FA for an alleged illegal approach for Boateng.

The FA have interviewed officials at both clubs and are waiting to speak to Boateng when he returns from his summer break in Holland.

It has not stopped Villa stoking up their interest in the exciting 22 year old however, but they appear to have some opposition for his signature.

Coventry’s chairman Bryan Richardson said:

"Everyone is well aware that Villa have expressed a very strong interest in George Boateng and towards the end of last season did make a substantial offer.

"Since that time there has also been considerable interest from two other Premiership clubs who have asked to be kept fully informed of developments – should there be any."

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