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Stilian Petrov Signs For 8million?

Unconfirmed reports on local TV claim that Villa have clinched the signature of Celtic's Stilian Petrov for a fee of around £8million.

Looks like Celtic have quickly replaced him as they have signed Thomas Gravesen from Real Madrid.

More news once it is confirmed...

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Writer: J P Fear Mail feedback, articles or suggestions

Date:Monday August 28 2006

Time: 9:27PM

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Replace Davis I think. McCann is more of a stopper and although Petrov can put his foot in I think he's been bought for his creativity. Who's next???
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28/08/2006 21:32:00

It's a shock. Villa fans just aren't used to the club spending this kind of money. And it's only the this space and pick your jaw off the floor.
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28/08/2006 21:34:00

I don't think he'll replace Davis as I think most believe that Davis is a star in the making, but he may be interchanged with Davis. The lad has played too much football without propper support (the entire 95-96 season)and needs a rest. He can then come back stronger and play in a properly functioning team. After all, he's still relatively inexperienced but give him chance to develope without having to carry an entire team and we might have something special on our hands.
Villain Of The North
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28/08/2006 21:37:00

VOTN - have to bow to your wisdom and agree. Davis isn't looking up to speed yet. It's been great seeing the kids work their socks off and you feel an affinity with them cos of the dark days (that dare not mention their name). Problem is to climb the league we need some finished class and they may feel aggrieved about being left out. MON will have to work his charm.
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28/08/2006 21:45:00

I note the Petrov deal isn't on the official site. News may be premature but I'm sure it will happen. Any ideas for a left back?
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28/08/2006 21:47:00

Yea ashley cole
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28/08/2006 22:05:00

How amazing would it be to get Cole...from under the noses of Chelski! That really would make people sit up and take notice
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28/08/2006 22:32:00

Bit a reality check here:- 1.we haven't spent anything in the summer and have recently recouped 1m from players sales - so the net spend on petrov is 6 -7m - no brave new world. 2.Petrov has today spoken at sofia airport - and distanced himself from any deal. OK this was mid afternoon - my point is he hadn't signed then - so he won't 'sign' until at least wednesday 3.Petrov makes for a crowded midfield, with davis looking the one under pressure. Lets be clear Davis ain't gonna be content with a bit part. The only club where players are happy with bit parts is MANU - even chelsea haven't cracked it. 4.Petrov is well rated in the game and is a quality accuisation. But he has only starred in the scottish league. 5.For this to be a brave new world, we need to be seen to be spending another 4m before thursday. Full back (JLS Replacement) would be my priority. 6.Portsmouth have just knocked us off second spot !
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28/08/2006 22:40:00

I'm a Celtic supporter and I have it from a very very good source that told me Graveson would sign for us many months ago that the Petrov deal is done for 7mil with 6mil of that upfront, you have just got a very good deal as if Petrov played for an English club he would be valued at around 12mil. Hail Hail and Good Luck To Aston Villa this season
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28/08/2006 23:09:00

When he's wearing Claret & Blue I'll believe it. Although I hope its true.
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28/08/2006 23:16:00

Good signing. He won't 'replace' anyone as such but we need more players and we need better quality players so he fits the bill
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28/08/2006 23:36:00

cant wait to see Petrov play if he does sign it will be a really good signing for us it be funny if we stole Celtic's back up Graveson aswell
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29/08/2006 00:02:00

I thought Petrov was more of a right sided mf?
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29/08/2006 00:45:00

Dont know that much about Petrov, or the role in which MON envisages that he will be used, but its obvious that he'll go straight into the team, so someone is going to be very unhappy. Sadly though for the individual(s) concerned thats how it has to be. If we're going to grow as a team, and keep the quality players we currently have in the team happy, then we have to build.
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29/08/2006 03:09:00

if u do get petrov your getting a great player and im sure better than some of your current midfielders. unlike some might think he is ahardworking player with a lot of dig and always tracks back to make a tackle and doesnt pull out of 50-50 balls. He is like a steven gerrard-type player- box to box, scores goals, creates goals, and runs for the whole game (he is not a right-sided midfielder) he's had some good games in europe too so dont be quick to write him off, wat works for u especially is that you've got o'neill managing him hail hail
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29/08/2006 05:36:00

Petrov is a good signing - it will certainly take the pressure off Davis. However, if the 8m figure is true, then we've paid over the odds, I think. But what the hell - Randy's pocket book is deep enough. We're AVFC and we're worth it!
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29/08/2006 07:57:00

So has he actually signed yet or not? I thought he was away on International duty. ******* stupid having internationals the week of the transfer deadline.
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29/08/2006 09:01:00

signings from Scotland are a bit dangerous as average players can look good in the scottish league. Remember mcann for blackburn or the one from celtic that went to utd? I think I would prefer graveson....I trust the saviours football knowledge over mine though.
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29/08/2006 09:18:00
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29/08/2006 09:24:00

Next William Gallas from Chelski
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29/08/2006 11:04:00

he hasnt actually signed yet and is with bulgaria!but if he does sign moore should be droped and he should play behind the fron two or drop mcann expecially if we do get graverson as well but that is unlikley
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29/08/2006 11:21:00

that is 2 or 3 websites speculating about sidney govou coming to villa now that would be a quality signing to supplement petrov when he signs.
Belfast Villain
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29/08/2006 14:55:00

Would imagine it would be Gabby that may be sacrificed.Him and stevie d will ned a lot of rotation this season.Stevie could burn himself out and as a staunch Northern Ireland supporter as well as a dedicated Villa man thats something i do not want to happen.I beleave he will lead our wee country to a world/europeian finals someday in the future.Green White Army!!!!Villa Villa!!! U.S.A.!
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29/08/2006 16:04:00

PETROV IN 1 down 10 to go!! ARSE COLE?? NO CHANCE!! Where the goals going to come from?????COYV
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29/08/2006 16:34:00

Reality check for qKing. Petrov has played 3 seasons in the Champions League and was part of the team that went to the UEFA Cup Final, a far higher standard than your overrated EPL. Get a grip mate, the standard at Celtic is far higher than Villa's. You've just bought a guy who's used to winning, don't ruin him, Villa fans are negative and don't fill the ground or totally back their side.
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30/08/2006 10:31:00


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