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Hendrie, Here, There & Everywhere

Hendrie, Here, There & Everywhere

Lee Hendrie has apparently turned down a move to Premiership new boys Sheffield United but could possibly move to Steve Coppell's Reading instead.

Reading player Steve Sidwell is on the verge of a move away from the Madejski Stadium and Coppell has targeted Villa midfielder Lee Hendrie as a possible replacement.

Coppell hasn't given up on keeping the 23-year-old midfielder, who has just one year left on his contract, but the player has reportedly turned down a £16 000 a week offer and looks set to leave.

Hendrie has been linked to Wolverhampton Wanderers, West Bromwich, Southampton and Portsmouth, as well as Sheffield United who were keen to take the 29-year-old to Bramall Lane only for his wage requirements to scupper the move. 'Scupper', not a word used enough is it!?

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Writer:J P Fear
Date:Tuesday June 13 2006
Time: 11:01AM


Any idea on the transfer fee involved?
13/06/2006 11:03:00
Two pints of lager and a packet of crisps + a few straws so the board members can share the drink I think. I get the feeling most of this is press talk. Saw Sidwell priced at £2m so maybe we get him and pay a little and send Lee the other way?! Mind you, if Lee doens't want to take a wage cut (and that is his choice, no complaints here) then he won't be going anywere?
The Fear
13/06/2006 11:09:00
Think they might be hanging onto to little Lee until the Milner situation is resolved one way or the other. Who plays wide right if we don't get Milner? Although it would be just like Doug's famous forward planning to sell Hendrie for £500,000 and then refuse to pay Milners bus fare.
13/06/2006 12:23:00
athough we get on dols back we should remember hes still not had a chance to build his own team i remember a while ago he was saying about giving pretty boy another chance he obviously used that up .Hendrie seems to be waiting for a bigger club hes dreaming..
south coast villain
13/06/2006 12:34:00
I totally disagree south coast villain, the team we now see at villa park is O'Leary's team, he got rid of arround 40% of the playing staff in his first season and of the 1st team regulars last season, 7 were either players he has bought or promoted from the youth team, with a further 5 players being bought and either not being played or being out injured (I'm including Phillips in this category), so this is most definately O'Leary's team!!! If he cant get results now, then he never will!!!!
Villain Of The North
13/06/2006 18:08:00
I dont blame Hendrie for wanting to leave Aston Villa. Here is a player who has all through his career made considerable contributions to Aston Villa! He has paid back the club mny times over! And now DOL is prepared to let him go for a lousy £500.000! I hope Hendrie will find a new club, where they respects his abilities and lyalty better than Aston Villa!
13/06/2006 18:11:00
what i meant by hes own team dosent really include the players coming through its been quite a while since one of our many managers has had such a small budget .He has made some bad signings but so does every manager
south coast villain
13/06/2006 22:01:00
This situation is NOT DOL's fault. The player wants to leave because, he says, that at this stage of his career he needs guarantees of first team football. ANY player who wants this type of assurance has no place in any top flight team.
14/06/2006 08:51:00
Agreed GaztonVilla. If Hendrie wants a guaranteed first team starting place, then he needs to knuckle down and earn it. There's no guaranteed starting places at Villa Park, unless that is, your name's Gavin McCann.
14/06/2006 13:33:00
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