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Villa Midfielder To Portsmouth?

Villa Midfielder To Portsmouth?

According to the Mail On Sunday, Gareth Barry is set to move to Portsmouth this week.

The report says that Pompey manager Harry Redknapp expects to seal a £4.5million deal in the next few days for the left-sided midfielder.

Gareth Barry came through the youth system after we attracted him from Brighton, starting as a YTS trainee. He started in midfield but was soon utilised as a left sided defender and some say his best form came when he was on the left side of a back three. In recent seasons Barry has once again moved into midfield saying he didn't like playing in defence. He made his first team debut at the age of 17 coming on as a sub against Sheffield Wednesday in 1998. He has made over 300 league and cup appearances for Villa scoring 26 goals along the way. He also has 27 England U21 caps and 8 full international caps.

You've got to doubt this report surely? With the arrival of Martin O'Neill and an expected takeover to happen in the next few weeks, why would he want to move to Portsmouth?

Writer:J P Fear
Date:Sunday August 13 2006
Time: 10:51AM


If this article is true and he wants a move to Portsmouth, let him go...We want and need players who want to play for Villa. Players who need to be persuaded to stay at our great club are not wanted in my thoughts. If the situation regarding the club being sold shortly and the appointment of a great manager in MON can't motivate Barry then show him the door...Barry don't let the door swing back and kick you in the ass.
Wants a "Randy" owne
13/08/2006 11:17:00
shame if this is true, I was hoping he would go to Spurs. I am a little suprised if it is for football reasons only, Portsmouth are throwing money around but I do see moving there as a gamble. Maybe sitting tight and seeing what O'Neil plans were would be a sensible option at least in the short term.
13/08/2006 11:27:00
This just stinks of lazy journalism to me, an article being re-used from a couple of weeks back to fill column inches. Lets not get on Barrys back til there is something more definate.
13/08/2006 11:28:00
Why on earth would he want to join portsmouth
13/08/2006 11:35:00
WTF??? I thought MON held talks already with him and he fully committed his future to Villa? Well Portsmouth themselves are entering a new era, but i still dont see why Barry would want to move now, to any other team. If he does move, i want to see an immediate replacement. I dont want a player as good as Barry to leave, with no one in mind to replace him. HARGREAVES....or Petrov, Malbranque either one is good.
13/08/2006 11:49:00
He's having talks this week, and i doubt the times have the ability to see into the future and know what his response will be. The fact that its portsmouth is even harder to believe. smaller club, smaller ground but with a bit of money which we will soon have here anyway. pinch of salt
13/08/2006 11:50:00
Just let him go if he doesnt want to play for us! He's good, but hardley irreplacable!
13/08/2006 12:02:00
He's certainly unhappy about a few things, included being quoted in the latter part of last week as having decided to commit his immediate future to the club. The 4.5m fee seems a bit on the low side to me.
13/08/2006 12:09:00
******* hell , how in gods name would moving to Portsmouth be a good career move ! If he does leave he deserves everything he gets !! Championship football !!!
13/08/2006 12:13:00
Why on earth would anyone want to join Portsmouth?
13/08/2006 12:13:00
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