Birmingham sources are indicating that Aston Villa may defer their interest in Dale Stephens until the January transfer window which would leave the player unsettled: Stephens . Charlton have apparently being playing hardball over the fee, but Villa's interest has its limits.
Andy Carroll is undergoing a medical this evening prior to signing for West Ham on a one year loan. According to the BBC, this will cost the Hammers a £1m loan fee in addition to Carroll's 80k a week wages.
Given that West Ham have to pay Sheffield United £10m this year over the Tévez affair, this means that the owners are having to dig deep into their pockets and leaves little money to fund an acquisition of Chris Solly, even if it would be small change compared with Carroll. From an Addicks perspective, that is good news.