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 Coventrys £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 Dublins 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.
Coventrys 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."