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Villa And Three Defenders!

Wolverhampton Wanderers chief executive Jez Moxey has dismissed reports suggesting that Aston Villa had bid 3million for Joleon Lescott.

Moxley said 'The story suggesting Aston Villa have made a bid is absolute rubbish.'

Reports suggesting that Villa had bid 3million and that it had been turned down as Wolves want 5million look to be totally wide of the mark but Moxey does look like he will sell after he said: 'I am now dealing with serious inquiries for Joleon.'

Everton, Manchester City and Spanish team Seville have all be linked.

David O'Leary is known to be looking for a defender but his hands are tied as there are no major funds available until some of the squad are moved on.

Meanwhile 21-year-old Liam Ridgewell has been offered a new and improved 3 year deal which would tie him to the club until 2009 after he made 30 starts and two sub bench appearances for the first team last season.

Villa also hope that Gary Cahill will agree a new deal to keep him at Villa.

O'Leary told the official site: 'Liam's played a lot of games for us - a lot more than we expected. He went into the season as back-up, but Martin Laursen's injury meant he played virtually all the games. He's still learning his trade and this season won't have done him any harm. He's shown a willingness to learn and at times played extremely well for us. He showed in the derby games against West Brom and Birmingham that he can rise to the big occasions and now we're looking for that sort of form on a regular basis.'

Adding: 'You get ups and downs with young players and that's been the case with Liam. But I've always said that I'll give young players a chance and Liam's got the chance over the next few years to make a name for himself here.'

That is what most of us Villa fans forget, we want the youth in then expect them to be the finished article. He has had a mixed season but he is still young and learning his trade. Lets hope he becomes a very useful long term member of the team!




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Writer: J P Fear Mail feedback, articles or suggestions

Date:Thursday May 25 2006

Time: 11:41AM

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never worth 5 million
green giant 12
never worth 5 million
green giant 12
If Laursen makes a recovery, and is fit to play again, I would class him and Mellberg as our first choice pairing in the central defensive partnership. That is of course if we can hold onto Melly. I would then class Cahill as the understudy to these two. This would then of course leave Ridgewell down the order. Exactly where he belongs.
still skeggy
If Laursen makes a recovery, and is fit to play again, I would class him and Mellberg as our first choice pairing in the central defensive partnership. That is of course if we can hold onto Melly. I would then class Cahill as the understudy to these two. This would then of course leave Ridgewell down the order. Exactly where he belongs.
still skeggy
I think that the 4 central defenders we have are a good selection and isn't a position that needs strengthening (especially if Delaney stays - which I hope he will).
Tierney
I think that the 4 central defenders we have are a good selection and isn't a position that needs strengthening (especially if Delaney stays - which I hope he will).
Tierney
Agree with all the above, my only doubt is whether Laursen will play agin with any regularity, Melberg owes us big time after last season
irish villa
Agree with all the above, my only doubt is whether Laursen will play agin with any regularity, Melberg owes us big time after last season
irish villa
Who in thier sane minds is going to fork out 5 million for an unproven defender......maybe Wigan. Newcastle have had thier fingers burnt big time with this. We'd be better getting an old warhorse in for cover
tarzan
Who in thier sane minds is going to fork out 5 million for an unproven defender......maybe Wigan. Newcastle have had thier fingers burnt big time with this. We'd be better getting an old warhorse in for cover
tarzan
Of all the players mentioned theres still no real class,Another long dissapointing campaign awaits .Talk of a top ten finish is just ridiculous.
south coast villain
Of all the players mentioned theres still no real class,Another long dissapointing campaign awaits .Talk of a top ten finish is just ridiculous.
south coast villain
I've heard that Laursen can't play more than one game a week.
Villa1982
I've heard that Laursen can't play more than one game a week.
Villa1982
For 5million we could probably get Huth from Chelsea. Or we could swap 3million and Lee Hendrie for him.
Bobbymsb
For 5million we could probably get Huth from Chelsea. Or we could swap 3million and Lee Hendrie for him.
Bobbymsb
Agree that if Cahill does sign on the dotted, following Liam Ridgewell's decision to do likewise, Ellis wont be keen to see another central defender move into the club. He'll think we're well represented in central defense, particularly if, and its a big if, Laursen does make a successful return.
glensider
Agree that if Cahill does sign on the dotted, following Liam Ridgewell's decision to do likewise, Ellis wont be keen to see another central defender move into the club. He'll think we're well represented in central defense, particularly if, and its a big if, Laursen does make a successful return.
glensider
 

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