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The Villa Times - 10/10/2006

Reports in The Mirror today say that Newcastle have joined the race with Manchester City and Aston Villa for Reading midfielder Steve Sidwell. 24-year-old Sidwell is out of contract at the end of the season and has a clause in his current deal apparently allows him to speak with any club who offer more than 2.3m.

Martin O'Neill has said he doesn't know what will happen in relation to a possible return for James Milner in January. The Newcastle winger was a late target for O'Neill in the summer and it was only a last minute re-call by the Magpies Chairman Freddy Shepherd that prevented a permanent move for Milner. Full article: Click Here

Our latest poll asks if Martin O'Neill should return for Newcastle's James Milner.

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Scans have confirmed that Thomas Sorensen hasn't broken his collarbone in international duty for Denmark. Stuart Taylor is on standby to deputise on Saturday. Taylor last played in the first team 11 months ago in the 3-1 loss to Manchester City.

Villa are set for a bumper crowd on Saturday as we face Tottenham Hotspur at Villa Park. The official site says 'the Ticket Office staff have reported a surge in sales, with over 4,000 tickets snapped-up last week and demand shows no signs of easing up.' For other ticket news:

Villa fans will recognise one of the faces in the Croatian squad who face England on Wednesday night as non other than our 6million flop Bosko Balaban is back in the frame for his country. Full article: Click Here

Martin O'Neill has challenged Chris Sutton and Didier Agathe to impress him and force their way into his plans. Full article: Click Here

Gabby Agbonlahor could add to his single England Under-21 cap tonight against Germany. Gabby's dream season continued on Friday when he came off the bench to feature in the European Championship Play-Off first-leg, (England won 1-0 advantage) and now he is looking for more! Full article: Click Here

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Writer: J P Fear Mail feedback, articles or suggestions

Date:Tuesday October 10 2006

Time: 12:55PM

Your Comments

Sod Sidwell, we want European experienced players, or at least those with a chance of being drafted by the natinal team. How about Wayne Routledge - young, fast, fit and probably really hungry after being the perfect buy for Spurs but messed about by their Tinkerman of a manager (just like Defoe and Keane).
koolbill
Luke Young from Charlton would be perfect for the Villa squad.
koolbill
Joey Barton from Man City? Dream signing. Quality player and writing his own exit obituaries at the moment - clearly wants a move - wasted. Bring him here and offload McCann.
koolbill
what do you mean offload McCann!! he has been quality, Barton is nothing but trouble like lee Hendrie.Barton is overrated.
samtozer
Barton - great player (or potenial to be great) but total &&^^%% of a person, looks like he is nothing but trouble?
The Fear
We've just got rid of one little ***** in Hendrie, we don't need another. He is the sort of player we need, but McCann is proving that he can really cut it at the moment. No to Luke Young. Has looked average to me and we don't really need a right back. Sidwell could be a good signing but haven't seen much of him. Think MON will spend his budget on players like him who will grow and develop at the club over the next 5 years, rather than spending big on foreign imports
Geordie_Villa
Quote: Sod Sidwell, we want European experienced players, or at least those with a chance of being drafted by the natinal team. How about Wayne Routledge - young, fast, fit and probably really hungry after being the perfect buy for Spurs but messed about by their Tinkerman of a manager (just like Defoe and Keane). koolbill..................... I think that Wayne Routledge would prefer to stay at Fulham. Try getting Shaun Wright-Phillips or James Milner, instead.
wei, wu and shu
SWP is a great call, but talk of people like routeledge is ridiculous. He can't get a game for spurs, he only managed a few sub appearance while on loan at portsmouth last year. He's the sort of player we now need to start looking away from, going for the next teir or two up. Luke young's not a bad player but we've already got a small selection of right backs?! I can't honestly see steve sidwell being any better than steven davis, not that either are bad players, but is he going to move us up a level? I'd doubt it. We either need exciting talent who's really setting the league alight, like agbonlahor's doing now, or established players who've proven they're worth an international place and can handle europe on a regular basis. I'd say chelsea's bench is ripe for the taking at the moment, as is alan smith a united.
lorenzo
Shopping List - One Right Sided Midfielder (preferably SWP or Milner brands); One target man (such as an Alan Shearer rip-off brand); One central midfielder (only a cheaper brand to provide a bit of back-up for present stock); One world-class left-back (Hopefully the market will have one Bridge in stock for a reasonable fee); Finally, as a reward for turning up and changing the club around, Mr O'Neill can have whichever players he thinks fit!
Miss_Aston
Guys if were honest how far can this current squad take us? Not far enough I'm afraid that's why we need players who will take us on to the next level. Players required are a quality left back. Chelski were raving over Bridge until Cole came along. A quality midfield player cos Davis aint quite good enough yet. Right sided has to be better than Milner who may or may not improve. SWP is proven and Govou of France may do the job but foreigners need bedding in. What about up front? Are Angel & Baros good enough. Would the top 4 have them? Not sure who the Villa could pull in this department but Defoe aint the answer.
Gazvilla
Totally agree with a lot of the above,put simply we should be thinking about Great players coming to our team we don't need bench warmers.The squad/rotation thing does not work unless you have players willing to be rotated-vis Liverpool.I think we could nick a few bench warmers come Jan.when the disollusionment of mid table sinks in for the likes of Liverpool etc.
dennismortimer82
Sidwell would be a good signing. He'll prove his worth in the premiership this season, and is the type of midfield battler that we are crying out for.
glensider
 

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