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Spurs And Pompey Want Barry?

Spurs And Pompey Want Barry?

The Sunday Mirror claim that both Tottenham Hotspur and Portsmouth want Villa midfielder - and captain in the absence of Olof Mellberg - to bolster their squads.

The club to date have refused offers and caretaker boss Roy Aitken admits that he doesn't know the situation on the 26-year-old's plans after reports suggested he had asked for a transfer.

Aitken said: 'I don't know much about what Gareth has said to the chairman, but all I can say is that he's shown a commitment to the team that is first class. Gareth is a joy to work with and a great professional, and I would not be surprised if other teams are looking at him. But what he gives me on a daily basis is excellent and I couldn't ask any more.'

'Part of my job at the moment is to keep the whole squad focused and upbeat and, particularly when there is all this talk about takeovers and possible new managers, that's a challenge we have to stay on top of.'

One thing is for sure, Roy's press talk is sooooo much better than David O'Leary's. Aitken seems to realise that it is far nicer to hear positive things about the club and players than the dour 'me babies' stuff we got before.

Click here to join in the debate on the club forum.

Writer:J P Fear
Date:Sunday July 30 2006
Time: 7:53PM


Well Spuds and Ploppy can sod off!!!
Villain Of The North
30/07/2006 20:01:00
If we want him we could get him, simple.
30/07/2006 20:32:00
spurs fan barry. hmm villa or spurs. no disrespect villa but no contest.
jol ie good
30/07/2006 20:37:00
We cant afford to lose him, especially if all of this takeover speculation is just speculation.
30/07/2006 20:43:00
Good job it was in the Sunday mirror then, their journo hacks would'nt know the truth if it jumped up and knocked them off their bar stool!
30/07/2006 20:46:00
spurs can ***** off and as for pompey they are a joke its an insult to villa if barry decides to join any of them, spurs had a lucky season and pompey for the drop VILLA WILL BE ON THE UP
30/07/2006 20:56:00
Barry isnt good enough for Spurs - end of. Its poor speculation.
30/07/2006 21:08:00
Barry is good enough we just need him at villa arkie!!
30/07/2006 21:10:00
Dear Jol ie good, As you couldn't be fu*ced to think of an original name which reflected yourself, I would like to point you in the direction of the telly (spurned) tubbies website that the rest of you children usually post on. The address is - catchyourselfon@gofuc*
30/07/2006 21:12:00
Frankly, Villa have been hovering around in the Premiership like an unmoored ghost ship for far too long, occaisionally bumping into other teams that ought there but never doing anything more positive. I have money on you being relegated this season, and you may take Barry with you.
30/07/2006 21:13:00
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