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Aston Villa reject Joe Lewis offer claims

Joe Lewis
Lewis has been attracting the attention of Premier League sides

Aston Villa have rejected claims they have made an offer for Peterborough United goalkeeper Joe Lewis.

Posh director of football Barry Fry said he had received an "insulting" bid from Villa for the 23-year-old.

But Villa chief executive Paul Faulkner said in a statement: "The simple truth is that we haven't made a bid for the Peterborough goalkeeper."

Lewis had already told BBC Radio Cambridgeshire he would be interested in a move to the Midlands side.

Faulkner added: "I've seen some of the reports today linking us with a bid for this player, but I can confirm that no bid has been made by Aston Villa."

Lewis joined Posh from Norwich City in January 2008 for a then club record transfer fee of £400,000.

He has gone on to make 153 appearances for Peterborough and was called into the full England squad in May 2008.

When asked whether Villa would be a good club for him, Lewis responded: "Possibly, yes.


"There's been Premier League scouts looking at me and other players, hopefully I can carry on impressing.

"I want to play at the highest level I can, I feel like I've given three good years of service at the club.

"There have been offers come in which weren't enough and if a good deal comes in for the club they've said they'll accept it."

Lewis has previously expressed his desire to play at a higher level, but not at the cost of regular first-team football.

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Lewis scotches Posh exit rumours
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Posh legend tips Lewis to go far
27 May 08 |  Peterborough
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Posh break record to sign keeper
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Lewis nets professional contract
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