Inside the world of the transfer makeweight
Scott Parker, Benoit Assou-Ekotto, Jake Livermore and Tom Huddlestone are all being used as bait for the Villa hotshot.
But what is life like for the football transfer makeweight?
Here, SunSport looks at the players shoved towards the exit door — and how they fared after their cruel rejections.
Barcelona to Inter Milan (2009)
BARCELONA handed over Eto’o and £40MILLION to land Inter Milan’s Zlatan Ibrahimovic in astonishing 2009 switch.
Incredibly, the Italians also took Hleb on a year’s loan as part of the mind-boggling transfer. The deal proved golden for Jose Mourinho’s side, who went on to win the Treble.
Manchester United to Newcastle (1995)
GILLESPIE was an add-on in the record-breaking £7m deal that took Andy Cole to Manchester United in 1995.
He spent three years on Tyneside but retired last season after spells at Doncaster and Irish side Longford Town.
Chelsea to Arsenal (2006)
REBEL Gallas wanted out in 2006 — threatening to score an OWN GOAL if he was picked for the opening game of the season against Manchester City.
He was shunted out to Arsenal in a deadline-day move that saw Chelsea also pay £5m for Ashley Cole.
Gallas went on to land a London treble with two years at Spurs, who released him this summer.
Matyas Almeyda & Sergio Conceicao
Parma to Lazio (2000)
LAZIO were so desperate to land Parma icon Crespo they handed over £16m — AND two stars Almeyda and Conceicao.
Crespo left Lazio for Inter Milan in 2002 — with Bernardo Corradi as a makeweight — but flopped for Chelsea under Jose Mourinho.
Liverpool to Espanyol (2008)
IRISH defender packed bags for Spain as part of the £8million deal which took Albert Riera to Anfield.
He returned to England in 2009 Fulham switch.
Norwich to Leeds (2013)
MORISON was the bolt-on that took £1.7million Luciano Becchio to Norwich in January.
But the ex-Millwall star did not hold up his end of the bargain and was last month sent back to the Lions on a season-long loan.
Chelsea to Benfica (2011)
BLUES bosses goofed when they let Matic go to Benfica in £21million David Luiz deal — as they ALREADY want the midfielder back.
Luiz, meanwhile, is set for the Stamford Bridge exit door this summer.