Aston Villa have stated that Stuart Downing is not for sale although William Hill think that he WILL have gone come the first game of next season, offering 4/6. Liverpool are the main contenders for his signature at 1/4 while Arsenal are 6/1. Luka Modric, however, does not now appear to be on the move, with his odds of leaving Spurs drifting to odds against for the first time since Chelsea lodged their interest (to 5/4). He is now 4/7 to remain at White Hart Lane by at least the first game of next season.
Both the Spurs and Villa chairmen have come out and stated that their star men are not for sale, but the odds certainly suggest that while that may be true in the case of Modric, it is quite another story for Downing, said Hills spokesman Joe Crilly.
Sunderland have been the most active side in the transfer market so far and Hills are betting on where the Black Cats will finish. Despite the additions to their squad, they are 11/8 to finish 9th to 12th. They are 66/1 to finish in the top four and 2/1 to finish in the Europa Cup spots (fifth to eighth). Should Sunderland have a patchy start to the season, Steve Bruce could be out of a job and he is 4/1 to have left by the end of the season and 10/1 to be the first manager to leave his job.
With criticism being directed at Arsenal from all angles, William Hill make them 4/7 to finish in the top four, 5/4 not to. Arsenal may well be odds on to finish in the top four at the moment, but these odds will drift still further if more star Gunners decamp, added Crilly.
William Hill Odds:
Stuart Downing next permanent club: 1/4 Liverpool; 6/1 Arsenal; 10/1 Tottenham; 25/1 Sunderland
Stuart Downing to be gone before the 1st day of next season: 4/6 yes; 11/10 no
Luka Modric to be gone before the 1st day of next season: 5/4 yes; 4/7 no
Will Steve Bruce still be at Sunderland by the last game of the season: 1/7 yes; 4/1 no
Sunderland finishing position: 66/1 top four; 2/1 fifth to eight; 11/8 ninth to 12th; 9/4 13-17; 10/1 relegated
Will Arsenal finish in the top four: 4/7 yes; 5/4 no
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