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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?'.'

Click here to join in the debate on the club forum.

Writer:J P Fear
Date:Thursday November 16 2006
Time: 12:20PM


Speculation in the transfer market will always unsettle players. Getting a good team spirit isn't accomplished by worrying about your place in the team. However, competition for places is what brings the best out in players who realise they have to give all or they're out. MON is paid hansomely to get that balance right and the players know full well new talent is coming in. When you think about it it must be disconcerting for some of the players when the likes of Barry (the better players) want new faces in, which will mean some of the current crop could be on their way out. That's life at the top for a future world beating team! UTV
16/11/2006 13:14:00
i think goofy wonder ronaldo would look good in claret and blue.....
16/11/2006 13:15:00
Would also make Bouma look thin
16/11/2006 13:58:00
beckham is on his way - high profile player which will put the media eye on to villa attracting more lucrative sponsorship - plus we need a rightsided player.
16/11/2006 14:34:00
Beckham although great from an higher profile and commercialism aspect is not what we want , although a good player he isnt hungry any more and is another player who if we got has had the best part of his career already , i want hungry players who want to win things , get international caps, etc etc Couple of names for me Kevin Doyle at Reading hungry,scores goals, works hard and allegedly Ledley King who played against reading last week described him as one of his most difficult opponents this year Darren Bent @ Charlton could he be unsettled at charlton's plight Boa Morte at Fulham David Nugent @ Preston left back also seems to me a priority wayne bridge if he has any aspirations at all to play football and a cheeky attempt at Gabriel Heinze no longer 1st choice at manure it would appear
16/11/2006 15:10:00
Bet it isn't Becks Jason! O'Neill was asked at the forum evening and he was doubting whether it would be the right sort of player as he is coming to the end of his career. That said, good marketing and profile wise. Think Beckham will be off to America though.
The Fear
16/11/2006 15:11:00
It's SWP - i'm sure of it.
Big Chris
16/11/2006 15:18:00
a number of chelsea bench warmers would make very good signings.
16/11/2006 15:42:00
I would say get Wayne Bridge at left back, because A Cole is the first team left back at Chelsea and he did go on loan at Fulham last season. My bet for the big signing is A Cassano (Ex-Roma) unsettled at R Mardrid.
16/11/2006 15:45:00
Diego Forlan, anyone?
Big Chris
16/11/2006 15:53:00
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