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Baros set to quit Villa?

German Bundesliga side Hamburg SV have made an official 'preliminary approach' for Czech International Milan Baros.

A figure believed to be around the 8million mark has been tabled, which I'm sure Doug Ellis will be rubbing his hands about.

However, it is believed, according to Milan's agent that he has no intention on quitting Villa, and I for one couldn't see how Hamburg SV is a forward step for him at all.

Baros is set for talks with manager David O`leary next week and a decision should probably be made then.

Whilst 8million is nice, and I dare say a proportion (say, 2million) would be available to O`leary to purchase a few more Leeds players, I can't see how we can call ourselves a forward thinking and forward planning club if we sell one of our best assets?

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Date:Wednesday July 5 2006

Time: 12:33PM

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Totally predictable. No shock here. Do Villa call themselves a forward thinking and forward planning club? In the Prem Villa are now non-entities. Cannon-fodder for the big 6. Using Rodney marshes description of the Premiership being comprised of three tiers, Villa used to be a tier 2 club. Noone expected them to win anything but they flirted with Europe and would settle for mid table or thereabouts. Villa are now a tier 3 club. Weaker than average and with a possibility of relegation and expected to finish bottom 8. How come Villa fans have put up with Doug Ellis? Bet your season ticket sales are going well! Good luck you Lions, you're gonna need it.
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05/07/2006 12:44:00

Doug Ellis once said we were forward planning.
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05/07/2006 13:04:00

I just do not get it with Villa.

A magnificent (albeit dusty) history, a fantastic football ground - and I mean ground not some shiny souless bowl of a stadium. At the centre of this nations second biggest conurbation and in fact with NO premiership competition throughout the whole of the midlands... and yet... they are bordering on being rubbish.

To those fans who have tried to move things forward at Villa then well done. But what have the rest of you been doing these last, what, 10 years?

Aston Villa. I just don't get it.... and so it seems more of you lot don't get it anymore. Sad.
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05/07/2006 13:19:00

This is the first piece of forward planning we have seen from Villa but as usual it's gone wrong. In my opinion Baros was signed with the hope that he had a good World Cup and we could make a quick profit. Sadly for Doug he didn't so now he's in the position of having to accept very little profit on him. It's good news if he wants to stay because without his goals we'd have been in the Championship by now. That may still happen, but at least with Baros, we have a chance of staying up
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05/07/2006 13:20:00

Ive seen enough bad performances from Baros this season to make me think that we should cash in on him, although of course theres little point if the money is not going to be reinvested in the team. Greyhound, you really are preaching to the converted as far as the current state of villa goes. Apart from not buying season tickets and a few token protests there is very little meaningful action us fans can take. Inspite of everything i do enjoy supporting Villa and still enjoy going to see them play and im sure many fans still feel the same way.
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05/07/2006 13:41:00

I can understand the need to see your team play but under the current regime maybe more fans should boycott the home matches and go to some of the away games instead? With a flag saying 'Away support boyott only. Thats ASBO

So there we have it, I've just formed the Villa ASBOs. to bug another group of fans..
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05/07/2006 14:07:00

Can't see Baros wanting to move to Hamburg. Germany is a backwater league, unless you're playing for Munich. 8m isn't too bad as an investment considering we paid 6.5 for him last season. About 20% profit in a year. Doug will be booking a flight on EasyJet under the name of Baros pretty soon.
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05/07/2006 15:37:00

If, as his agent insists, Baros is not in a hell-fire hurry to quit Villa Park, then hopefully that will be the end of the story. I'm more than happy to see him remain at the club, at least for another season, by the end of which time we may be able to gauge just what the immediate future holds for the club, ownership wise. It seems the classic example of a player being forced out of the door, a commodity to be bought and sold as in a meat market. The only person who will be unhappy if unable to cash in, will be the old boy himself, and such anger and frustration at having his well thought out plans scuppered, will hardly do wonders for the old boys health, now will it?
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05/07/2006 15:50:00

Hamburg are playing in the champions league next season so it would be a forward move for baros but we will be hard pushed to replace him as he is a top quality striker which are very hard to find. Cant believe we have him and are going to let him go...! Sums up AVFC...!
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05/07/2006 15:58:00

Not sure if 8m is a bit of a risky price to pay for someone that is a bit injury prone. Great player and if fully fit then worth every penny. You'd be a better club if he stayed fore shore.
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05/07/2006 16:07:00

hey deemz u have a valid point about hamburg playing in champions league next year and they also got van der caart an dmany otha star players, however u should believe we had him cuz he scored twice against the blues , and u should believe we are going to sell him because villa have done this for years
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05/07/2006 16:08:00

Think he is only denying wanting to go cause he is looking for a more attractive club to come in for him,but if that dont happen he will go to them last minute like he did leaving liverpool for us.Good move for him if he is wanting to play at top level.Just wish it looked like Villa could offer him that platform.Would like him to stay and give us a chance to see the player we all know he can be.Maybe he could persuade Pavel Nedved to come play for the Villa.Serie C is surely less attractive than villa park.
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05/07/2006 17:10:00

Really hope that we do all we can to keep him, or if he has to go then for no less than 12.5m...Can live in hope!
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05/07/2006 19:12:00

Not going to get 12.5 million for him and he has plenty of time to play for Hamburg, the sort of place to go when you are 30. How about a bit of home booing for Uncle Doug and DOL.
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06/07/2006 02:30:00

I think, if a big club comes in for him, his resolve to stay with Villa will faulter. I know Hamburg are polaying CL football next year but come on, it would only ever be a stepping stone so why completely uproot your life for what will probably be just one year , only to move on again? I think he's going nowhare unless either a big club comes in or a big money offer (small club with big investors - Portsmouth maybe or something similar - Spanish team?)
Villain Of The North
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06/07/2006 11:20:00

You will not buy a striker of equivalent or better talent with the same cash so there is no point. The sad thing is I dont really care anyway as I am that disolusioned at Villa after years of torture. Sell him, buy that american defender, lets get relegated and have a party. who cares.
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06/07/2006 13:37:00

he might quit bu he aint gd enough 2 go 2 a different affence 2 villa u a gr8 team bu he aint tha gd
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06/07/2006 16:58:00

if he goes then wev got abby, luke n angel. the 1st 2 are too young to make a huge impact and angels past his best. we will then hav 8mill, would we be able 2 buy a striker as gd as baros 4 that much? i certainly cant think of any. he may use the money 4 centre halfs or midfeilders but then DOL will start complainin we dont have the fire power up front!
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06/07/2006 20:04:00

Theres a lot of top notch coaches across this wide and wonderful world of ours who'd disagree with your opinion on Baros' merits, swanz_gal_05.
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06/07/2006 21:09:00

Baros is a world class striker. he has his faults and he can be frustrating at times, but fully fit and with some decent service, he could be a 20 goal a season striker.
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07/07/2006 15:28:00


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