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Thursday, 15 June, 2000, 14:24 GMT 15:24 UK
Villa in 3m Ginola swoop
Ginola looks set to sign for Aston Villa
Ginola looks set to sign for Aston Villa
David Ginola is set to join Aston Villa after Tottenham Hotspur accepted an offer for the French star.

The clubs have agreed a fee, believed to be around 3m, and Villa have now been given permission to speak to Ginola.

Tottenham's director of football David Pleat said: "Yes, Aston Villa have made an offer for David Ginola and after some discussion the club have agreed to allow David Ginola to speak to Villa."

The news that Spurs manager George Graham is prepared to get rid of the flamboyant winger has angered Spurs fans.

He has been accused by the Tottenham Action Group of trying to turn Spurs into `boring, boring Arsenal'.

The thought of our only creative player leaving us fills us with dread

Tottenham Action Group

It is down to Ginola to approve the move, but even if he rejects the transfer he is unlikely to stay at White Hart Lane now that Graham has made it clear he does not figure in his plans.

TAG are dismayed that fans favourite Ginola, who arrived from Newcastle three years ago, has probably played his last game for Tottenham.

They feel Graham is trying to purge the club of flair players.

TAG spokesman Mark Jacob said: "The thought of our only creative player leaving us fills us with dread. All our fears are coming home to roost.

"You wonder if Graham hopes to recreate a system at Tottenham of similar ilk to that which he had at his north London neighbours.

"Even if he does not go to Villa, Graham has made it clear that his club future is not at White Hart Lane.

"Just when Tottenham fans were beginning to get excited about the new season following the signing of Sergei Rebrov, our hopes get dashed.

"It seems we have a similar scenario to what occurred about 10 years ago when we lost Chris Waddle to Marseille.


"If Ginola is leaving, we want to know quickly and with certainty that he will be replaced by someone of like quality. "We want to see more quality signings like Rebrov and not journeymen.

"Ultimately George Graham as the manager picks the team he wants, but he is going to have to bear the consequences of this decision if it goes wrong."

Villa manager John Gregory is believed to want to tie the deal up quickly following the transfer requests of big names including England's Gareth Southgate, Julian Joachim and Ugo Ehiogu.

Ginola, a former Footballer of the Year, has been unsettled at Spurs since Graham arrived and his future at White Hart Lane has been questioned.

Ginola was dropped for the match against Manchester United and made controversial comments saying he should have played for a bigger club.

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