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Petrov, Close But No Cigar?

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
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.
Bud
21/08/2006 13:58:00
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Will ellis be willing to offer 7m before he leaves? that is the question
No.1_villan
21/08/2006 14:00:00
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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."
JPiggy
21/08/2006 14:33:00
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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
21/08/2006 14:34:00
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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.
IanB
21/08/2006 15:02:00
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Agathe! As that the best O'Neill can come up with?
Bud
21/08/2006 15:12:00
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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...
IanB
21/08/2006 15:17:00
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I still have not had anyone tell me who this MOL character is!!!!! Please explain!
Villain Of The North
21/08/2006 15:37:00
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is petrov that much better than malbranque who may be available at a cheaper price?
andrew144
21/08/2006 15:43:00
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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.
Donzarra
21/08/2006 15:51:00
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