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Dib dib dib, dub dub dub at Aston Villa as the scouts are out in force.

Martin O'Neill is reportedly working his scouts hard across Europe as he looks for possibly January targets.

There are whispers that a massive signing is being lined up, but as I can get no more than that whisper, I guess we'll have to wait and see. I've not been approached yet, put it that way (WHAT? Where there is life there is hope, I keep saying I am a mean left-back-in-the-changing-room!).

Martin O'Neill told the official site: 'I've got Ian Storey-Moore and a couple more scouts all over England and Europe at the moment. Ian has the reports on my desk and he's really enthusiastic, as you'd expect. They're recommending players to me at this minute and I want to go to games they're playing in. They're ringing me to go and see these boys myself and I'm trying to get to see them to fit in with our games.'

And as ever, Martin has a worry or two.........! Great to see a manager who lives and breathes his job isn't it!? 'Part of me is worried because trying to concentrate on our own games is the most important issue. For instance, we play Sunday, and there's some really big games I'd like to see on the Saturday. But the danger is getting stuck over there and can't get back and the next thing you know you haven't attended your own game. So there's a problem. But there's a couple of things that may materialise which you get excited about one day, and then the next you get knocked a bit.'

'I definitely want to improve the squad because I won't get another opportunity until the summer.'

'I'd only generalise and it's pointless me saying I need a full-back, a centre-half, a midfielder, a wide left, a wide right and a centre forward. Then the boys would look round to me to say 'Isn't he happy with me?'.'

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Date:Thursday November 16 2006
Time: 12:20PM


Here's where our scouting staff well and truly earn their pay. Pity Ian Storey-Moore cant come up with a left sided wide man with a goalscoring ratio similar to what he achieved at The City Ground.
17/11/2006 14:03:00
Agent - I salute you. However no to Boa Morte and Sidwell (at least till Sids proven himself). Kevin Doyle from Bolton - yep - very good player who could probably do with a move to get noticed by McClaren. Bent is top drawer but would he come? What about Geremi - he's actually a midfielder.
17/11/2006 13:18:00
I like Savi but don't know if we're continental enough for him -could he adapt to a no frills team like us? SWP, Bridge - yes please. I am sure we need a bigge forward to complement our little road runners though. I would have had Beattie a few years ago but I believe he's lost a little something at Everton.
17/11/2006 13:14:00
Ashton would be good but unless the bubble blowers get relegated not going to happen, newcastle might be rich pickings as they are going down at present , long may roeder stay in charge. You only have to look at our club as an example when the manager or club are going nowhere players become very unhappy look how many would have gone if o'dreary had stayed. parker would be great , milner would walk all the way from newcastle, darren bent, boa morte, kevin doyle , sidwell all at clubs in the bottom reaches and realistic targets
17/11/2006 13:07:00
Ashton would be good, but I don't think he'd leave West Ham, even if they got relegated. Would like to see us go for SWP and Bridge from Chelsea and Borowski would be a good signing. So would Saviola and I think he'd link up well with JPA
17/11/2006 13:01:00
Any other takers for Ashton? Could be really cheeky and go for Parker at Newcastle as his England prospects are going nowhere in that team. Grab Milner at the same time?
17/11/2006 12:36:00
Borowski, cool. If we're gonna have a striker I say we wait possibly until WHAM get relegated and grab Dean Ashton off them. Good solid target guy. Defoe could also teach Gabby and Moore a thing and elevate tem further.
17/11/2006 12:33:00
very good. I think the birdie song what have suite D'OL. Yes that was me with the sandwich, I think you must have been the guy with the prawn sandwich. You sound like you know a bit about golf lets hook up for nine holes and then go to the middlesborough game (tylergolf).
17/11/2006 12:22:00
exciting times ahead then...great job touring europe watching great football matches....
17/11/2006 11:16:00
Tyls. Will it encourage you to buy a season ticket again, if the Villa came out to the 'Birdie Song'? Or maybe something by the Eagles? I think I might know you. I was standing by a guy during the Spuds game, he was eating a sandwich and I heard him say, "I can't believe it's not putter".
17/11/2006 10:24:00
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