Newcastle duo to grace Premier League again with the mighty Aston Villa?

You all know I love a rumour or two and we have one today that involves two players from Newcastle United. The worrying thing for some might be that it's too Newcastle defenders we are apparently interested in.

I say worrying because Newcastle looked poor last season and conceded goals for fun, but we have to look past that for a moment when looking at these two players. Newcastle had 18 managers last season and the players ran around not knowing what they were supposed to do.

These two players, Habib Beye and Sebastién Bassong are not bad players, but I fancy O'Neill Might feel happy with his right back cover now and I still fancy he'd prefer Distin for the middle.

The players are also linked with a host of other clubs and when this tends to happen, it usually turns out that it is agent speak for 'my man wants to leave' so I wouldn't be reading too much into it.

But, our manager does have a habit of surprising and he does need another central defender and he also might not think Eric Lichaj is ready to deputise for Luke Young, despite some pretty good performances in the Peace Cup, so don't be surprised if they are both getting the tour at Villa Park some day soon.

So, unless we get a signing or two or some news from the club, this might be it for today. I'm off to start my prediction piece for next season and as such, I've started a poll, so we can see where you guys think we will finish.