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Petrov, Close But No Cigar?

Martin O'Neill has admitted that Villa have bid for Celtic midfielder Stilian Petrov.

'We offered 5m before and they turned us down and asked for 7m. We thought we'd offered a fair price. We are going to look at the situation in the next 48 hours. We would love to have him. He's a superb player.'

O'Neill could now face competition from Portsmouth who are also said to be preparing a bid.

O'Neill continued 'It is not the biggest squad. We have a lot of very good players at this club and I'm going to supplement them if I can but that might be easier said than done. The takeover bid has been accepted and at some stage it will happen but it might not happen in time. (for the transfer window) It is a genuine concern but I am not in control of that. I would have loved to postpone the start of the season for three weeks or postpone the transfer deadline.'

According to ICbrum, Baros is still a target for Hamburg, Phillips could leave for Sunderland and Mathieu Berson is wanted by Levante.

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Writer: J P Fear Mail feedback, articles or suggestions

Date:Monday August 21 2006

Time: 1:55PM

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Papers up here were quoting 10 million but he isn't worth that, he isn't worth 5 million to be honest, I mean he's good but he's not THAT good. I'd say he is worth around 3 - 4 million. Celtic are just greedy.
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21/08/2006 13:58:00

Will ellis be willing to offer 7m before he leaves? that is the question
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21/08/2006 14:00:00

Thats funny, according to the BBC that is exactly the same as what Milan Mandaric said. "Aston Villa had also made an approach to Celtic for the Bulgarian's services but Mandaric seems set to up the ante. He said: "We offered 5m before and they turned us down and asked for 7m. We thought we'd offered a fair price. "We are going to look at the situation in the next 48 hours. We would love to have him. He's a superb player."
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21/08/2006 14:33:00

I do not think he is worth 7m saw him play for Bulgaria last week and he was just ok, 5m is about right but MOL knows what he is about.
irish villa
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21/08/2006 14:34:00

Durh Jon - you've misread the Mail's article, it was MANDARIC that said that, not God. In other news, Didier Agathe, the multi award winning winger / full back is now in training at Bodymoor Heath...expected to be handed a one year deal later this week. The we'll have Gabby on the left, and Didi on the right.
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21/08/2006 15:02:00

Agathe! As that the best O'Neill can come up with?
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21/08/2006 15:12:00

Nah, the best he could come up with at Leciester was 2 League Cups, consistent top 10 finishes (always beating us I might add), and he didn't do much at Celtic either did he? :-) Trust him...
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21/08/2006 15:17:00

I still have not had anyone tell me who this MOL character is!!!!! Please explain!
Villain Of The North
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21/08/2006 15:37:00

is petrov that much better than malbranque who may be available at a cheaper price?
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21/08/2006 15:43:00

Malbranque is in need of surgury for an injury but he wont agree to it with Fulham, they are such drama queens. Good player though.
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21/08/2006 15:51:00

malbranque wasts more than 60k per week the greedy mo-fo, agathe has played euopean football and we need right midfielder so for a free transfer we certainly cant prefer him over de la cruz anyday
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21/08/2006 16:00:00

I'm fully prepared to trust in MON. Whoever he brings in, and at what price will be down to him, and fine by me. MOL, Villain Of The North, is quite obviously Martin O'Leary, who in case you weren't aware is assistant to our new boss DON, David O'Neill.
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21/08/2006 16:26:00

We've got a small squad and can't improve it to January. We need some cover on the right and Agatha can obviously do a job for a few months, and he's cheap. I like the attitude coming through which suggests fans are willing to trust MON, which is what we should do. I can also imagine who Petrov would want to join given the chance!!!!!!!
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21/08/2006 16:44:00

hus agathe? where will he be coming from? how old is he? please explain:P
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21/08/2006 17:00:00

Stan Petrov would walk into Villa and best by far there best player... considering your chasing more 6m for Gareth Barry then a guy who's actually won things with his club and captained his country must be worth more!?
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21/08/2006 17:56:00

I think Petrov will be a Villa player sooner or later. Just hope he lives up to all the hype.
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21/08/2006 19:38:00

Thanks for the explaination glensider, so what you're saying is, blah blah blah blah blah..... :o) Micky-bhoy, not quite sure I follow your logic, as your statement can be applied to other players but I wouldn't say that thay are better than other players at Villa, for example, Robbie Savage, do you rate him so highly, he won things with Leicester, played in European competition and until falling out with the manager, represented his country, yet I don't want him at VP. On the other hand, if O'Neill wants him, I'll trust his better judgement.
Villain Of The North
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21/08/2006 21:21:00

and if barry ever went down to scotland which he never will,he would be one of the best,if not the best player down there.pure quality,think you are under rating him slightly! who's top of league down there now anyway? lol
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21/08/2006 22:01:00


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