Writer: J P Fear
Date:Friday May 12 2006
So, according to reports, the summer sales have started at Aston Villa.
It is suggested that Lee Hendrie is available for just £1million. Yes, I did say just £1million. So we sell this 28-year-old midfielder for a mill. Then what? Who do we replace him with? I'm in no way his biggest fan, but he is experienced and can do a job. Maybe Villa should consider who they can replace any of the players with before allowing them to leave or is that too easy a way to do business?!
Say we sell Jumper Jumper for £500k, Berson £2 million and Hendrie for £1million. That gives us enough to sign James Milner from Newcastle United and leaves just £500 000 to replace Hendrie. HOW? The squad is already wafer thin but Doug is insisting on a sell before you buy policy. I wish he would run a SELL your stake in the club and sod off policy.
Other players rumoured to be on the summer clearout list, bearing in mind we have been told quite rightly that the squad is too small all season and yet we are here talking about more sales, include Mathieu Berson, Djemba-Djemba, De La Cruz, Juan Pablo Angel, Peter Whittingham Jlloyd Samuel and whoever else Doug can hock to get himself out of the pathetic position he has forced the club into. And out of the quality players, who will actually WANT to stay? Why would Mellberg want to return after the World Cup? What would Barry think should an ambitious club bid for him? We already know the board have put all their hopes on Milan Baros leaving, hence the 'get out clause' was leaked.
Reports suggest that there are two Premiership clubs interested in Hendrie. For a million I bloody bet they are. Southampton and Leeds have also been linked and don't be surprised to see Glen Hoddle at Wolves to follow up his interest.
According to one report today Villa want:
£2m-£3m for Angel, £3m for Samuel, £750,000 for Djemba-Djemba and Berson (although other reports say anything from £1-2 million) and £500,000 for Whittingham.
Could be a very interesting summer, so hold on to your hats as this could be a bumpy ride!
Date:Friday May 12 2006
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