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Milner Set To Sign For Villa?

Right. Lets get something positive going here. We all know the doom and gloom, but Villa will survive Ellis and O'Leary!

Looks like James Milner could become a Villa player as early as this week. He might be the first and last player that we bring in before we sell anyone BUT he is a good player and will remain so for many years.

A source close to the club has hinted that the deal is all but rubber stamped, just a question of when it will be announced.

As for the rest?

Well, for all the problems, it could still be an interesting summer, there are bound to be some major re-shuffling of the pack following this season and although I'd have much preferred another manager to be doing that, it looks - unless something changes soon - that David O'Leary will be the man doing it.

A report in the Mercury yesterday said the board will decide the managers fate today although reports last week said they had met and voted to keep him, so who knows? A bit of clarity would be very nice and I think we all deserve an announcement sooner rather than later.

Some of the players will no doubt be hoping for a good world cup so the bids come flying in and with Doug saying that the manager will need to sell before buying, it looks to be the only way we'll see any changes. Quite how that will build the squad I don't know, but at least there should be plenty of rumours and articles to keep us going through the summer. Lets just hope - no matter how forlornly - that we also get more positive transfers than negative ones!




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Writer: J P Fear Mail feedback, articles or suggestions

Date:Monday May 15 2006

Time: 6:04PM

Your Comments

it'll be great to get his signature
danvilla2
it'll be great to get his signature
danvilla2
The only way we bring in more is to sell Baros for loads. If we sell him for around 15 million we could get 4 or 5 good players.
Bobbymsb
The only way we bring in more is to sell Baros for loads. If we sell him for around 15 million we could get 4 or 5 good players.
Bobbymsb
Great signing. But if anyone tries to claim this is a "new player" I will kick them. It's just an extra guy not lost to another club.
murph
Great signing. But if anyone tries to claim this is a "new player" I will kick them. It's just an extra guy not lost to another club.
murph
I dont think we will get that much for Baros!
soccerstef@hotmail.c
I dont think we will get that much for Baros!
soccerstef@hotmail.c
A very good piece of news, Milner is quality, young and oh yes wants to "play for O'Leary"
fatloser
A very good piece of news, Milner is quality, young and oh yes wants to "play for O'Leary"
fatloser
Excellent news.
Tierney
Excellent news.
Tierney
james milner is a good player but when will it be completed from croke
croke
james milner is a good player but when will it be completed from croke
croke
I'm particularly surprised that Roeder has presumably rubber stamped the deal, but hopefully, and I'll only really believe it when he actually signs, Milner will be wearing the claret and blue next season. A bit of good news to kick off what could well prove to be a pretty disappointing summer transfer wise. Bobbymsb, I think if we get 7m for Baros they we can count ourselves very, very lucky.
glensider
I'm particularly surprised that Roeder has presumably rubber stamped the deal, but hopefully, and I'll only really believe it when he actually signs, Milner will be wearing the claret and blue next season. A bit of good news to kick off what could well prove to be a pretty disappointing summer transfer wise. Bobbymsb, I think if we get 7m for Baros they we can count ourselves very, very lucky.
glensider
A good start to dealings if true but not enough just to get him in. After all we had him all last season and look at where we finished up, its going to take a lot more than signing Milner to sort us out especially with DOL staying :(
Aronno7
A good start to dealings if true but not enough just to get him in. After all we had him all last season and look at where we finished up, its going to take a lot more than signing Milner to sort us out especially with DOL staying :(
Aronno7
On the subject of Baros, if he ends up top scorer at the WC (as we all know he is capable of) he could actually bring in arround 15 million (if Doug holds out long enough - not sure that he has the bottle to turn down anything more than 7 million) With that money and the emergance of some youth players such as Moore and Gardener, we could in fact buy some half decent players and actually improve the squad, especially if we manage to hold on to the likes of Barry and Melberg (it would be nice to keep Hendry too, but only if O'Leary is willing to use him - perhaops instead of McCann). I have to look on the bright side as I was gutted when I heard that we are stuck with both O'Leary and Ellis for the forseeable future, and I do believe that this scenario is possible.
Villain Of The North
On the subject of Baros, if he ends up top scorer at the WC (as we all know he is capable of) he could actually bring in arround 15 million (if Doug holds out long enough - not sure that he has the bottle to turn down anything more than 7 million) With that money and the emergance of some youth players such as Moore and Gardener, we could in fact buy some half decent players and actually improve the squad, especially if we manage to hold on to the likes of Barry and Melberg (it would be nice to keep Hendry too, but only if O'Leary is willing to use him - perhaops instead of McCann). I have to look on the bright side as I was gutted when I heard that we are stuck with both O'Leary and Ellis for the forseeable future, and I do believe that this scenario is possible.
Villain Of The North
whats his wages likely to be?
green giant 12
whats his wages likely to be?
green giant 12
 

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