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January Transfer Window Talk

So far we've been linked to:

Goalkeeper: Matt Murray

Defenders: Richard Stearman, Greg Halford - Colchester, Phil Bardsley of Man Utd, Matthew Upson from Small Heath, Curtis Davies from West Bromwich Albion, Portsmouth right-back Andy Griffin, Oldham right-back Neil Eardley.

Midfielders: Joey Barton of Man City, James Milner of Newcastle, Shaun Wright-Phillips from Chelski, Zoltan Gera from WBA, Reading's Kevin Doyle.

Strikers: David Nugent from Preston, Jermain Defoe and/or Robbie Keane from Spurs, Darren Bent from Charlton, Sean Maloney from Celtic, Freddy Eastwood from Southend, Kevin Davies from Bolton, Mark Viduka from Boro), Alan Smith from Manchester United, Craig Bellamy (old link from rumour thread), Peter Crouch from Liverpool, James Beattie from Everton.

Some decent links, lets see who we buy now! Use this sticky article for all the links and moves through January and I'll try as ever to keep the news as up to date as possible as we make all these glorious signings!




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The Journalist

Writer: J P Fear Mail feedback, articles or suggestions

Date:Monday January 1 2007

Time: 11:04AM

Your Comments

If we could sign half these players we could have a second team in the fizzy league.
col8
Bit disgusted really, 11am Jan 1st and still no signings! :o)
The Fear
yesterday I saw we were linked to David Beckham
Christo
Oh yes, forgot that one, us and Spurs, Arsenal, West Ham, Wigan, who else? Think the report said 8 Prem teams had enquired, thing is he said he wants to stay at Madrid and can run his contract down and leave in the summer as a free agent!
The Fear
Thank god the transfer window has arrived! Saying that, we now have a month of people posting comments like "I've just seen SWP arrive at Villa Park" or "my mates dad's brother's neighbour has contacts within Villa and we are on the verge of sigining ...." It's going to be fun and games, that's for sure!!
DixonTheVillain
milner, gera, bent, smith. you'd take those, bardsley/upson. let's go.
leftfoot
Dixon- My nans aunties sister in laws best friends next door neighbour has just seen Robbie Keane leaving Villa Park!!
mackaavfc
bit of a mouth full mackaavfc!! wish it was true tho
samtozer
14.04 still waiting for a signing!!! Would have expected at least 2 players in my now!!
mackaavfc
my cat's former owner sister best friend daughters best friend travels round Birmingham and she said she spoke to a footballer called Shawn Wright-Phillips and she saw David O Leary picking his next meal out of the trash
Christo
we need a right and left midfielder plus a strong striker who can finish....Gera, SWP and Bent would be awesome but i dont see any big signings this month
son_of_cher
I think we'll get one of two, not sure how big though. The summer is the time we will surely see most coming and some going though, that is when players become more available.
The Fear
If everyone is correct and there are to be no big signings during January would Danny Murphy not be a good signing. I know he is not going to get many peoples pulses racing but an excellent experienced player available for peanuts, worth a shout?
mackaavfc
We need to make sure we have enough cover to avoid a relegation scrap. Don't forget the higher we finish the best chance we have of attracting talent. I agree it will be hard to attact quality but a few players are out of contract in the summer and will be sold now. Upson, Cook of QPR, Boa Morte, Sidwell. These are the ones I know about. Then of course SWP is on offer and players that have been touted to clubs we don't know about. Like JF I feel a little impatient but perhaps we have to wait until the games are over during the next few days. UTV
Gazvilla
Hearts keeper Craig Gordon to Villa...
Space_Hooper
Good shout for craig gordon - Danny Murphy - not sure if it could go the way Berger did. One big forward that we all forgotten - Emile Heskey - Six goals this season. I think he worked for MON before.
qKing
The biggest impact in terms of effectively being like new signings would simply be a fit Luke Moore, Mark Delaney, and Laurrson. Left back then becomes the priority to restore GB to midfield. Luke Moore, Gabby and Vassell would have been an unorthodox troublesome threesome full of width and effort. I don't want to sign a striker unless they are better than our current misfiring frontmen - and I'm not convinced anybody is available to Villa who falls into that category. Surprises from MON most welcome rather than Nugent, Beattie, Keane and co. Kevin Davies would be an MON style frontman who could do a job.
stennyvilla
Pretty dull list if we're looking to reach for the stars over the next 3 years. Has'nt anyone got any better suggestions. Keane, Bent, Crouch, SWW, Richardson, Brown and Smith (Man U). I would personally welcome any of these, but I'm sure there are many, many more that Martin is working on -let's hope so anyway and wish him well.
villacross
I don't think the big stars will yet come to villa. We aren't that attractive propisition yet. What need is players who can steady the ship and get us into the top six. If this acheived hopefully the new board will fund further improvement - and then who knows. I get the feeling if O Neil wants a big man up front - he isn't neccesarily looking for a prolific goalscorer - hence the likes of Heskey, Harewood, Nugent - might catch his eye.
qKing
We need a striker, badly why not try nugent he good and got age on his side.
chris the villan
I'm a US fan of Villa (been a fan for 6 years, so long before Lerner came along). Why not think of american players. Brian McBride (who played in Columbus) Carlos Bocanegra, Claudio Reyna, DeMarcus Beasley (who scored this weekend) all show that a US player can do reasonably well in the EPL. I would like to see Onyewu (currently plays in Germany) I would also like to see Twellman given a look. (He is a forward who reminds my of Rooney's style). Especially with Lerner involved, why not give a look at a couple of americans, the US Villans might increase... I'm lonely over here !!
srsmithusa
We definitely dont want Phil Taylor!!! A big fat darts ex champion is not going to take us to the Champions League! If you mean his namesake Matty Taylor then not a bad shout!! Strikers are the priority and if we can't get Ronaldinho and Eto'o then I'd go all out for Bent and Nugent as we clearly need 2 strikers so we can get rid of the useless JPA and MB!!! UTV SOTC
Rickymeister
2 days into the transfer window and still no signings!!! RANDY OUT!!! lol ;)
DeanoVilla
I agree with comments about the list not being too mouth watering, I wouldnt be surprised if O'Neil bags a more exotic signing than those listed - why not if we have the cash. Saying that I would love to see Bent at VP.
tylervilla
some good names there for you.....
ernshaw
qKing - Big Stars will come if the money is right.
Bud
bent, SWP, kallstrom, quaresmo (??) and nigerian edu currently with FC Lyn here in norway would certainly raise my spirits! other than that; the two right-sided players at sevilla, or maybe beletti from barca? would also like to see samuel given another chance.
nikkersen
I would love to see wayne bridge down the villa. I think he has just signed a new contract at Chelsea though :-(
jonah
OH NO!!!!! NOT MARLON HAREWOOD! http://www.expressandstar.co.uk/2007/01/02/villa-hunt-%C2%A33m-hammers-star/
joerothuk
I have it on good authority that there are a few Chelsea players making their way to Villa Park today!!!!
fatloser
Sky Sports are linking us to Abel Xavier!!!
Geordie_Villa
Harewood and Xavier Mouthwatering !!!!!!
fatloser
That story about harewood says we will have harewood as west ham wont need him when they sign darren bent. Surely not.
tylervilla
Rangers' Barry Ferguson has been linked to Villa now.
Bud
barry ferguson is just an ordinary premierhsip player who shines in the scottish league for obvious reasons; i.e petrov syndrome.
joerothuk
Ferguson shines in the SPL? When?!?
Jamie1967
Linvoy i think he meant the darts player Phil Taylor...you know the one,..... bags of pace, great technique a real gem apparantly
son_of_cher
Perhaps if there's a bung in it Harry might sign him up. One hundred and eighty!!!
Gazvilla
pints of lager a week, cheep wages I suppose, heard he is a good finisher, could be just what we need.
steff_the_villan
Have we signed Bent yet? Thought not.
col8
Fergie is an outstanding player, I think you underestimate him.
Bud
see spurs are as active as ever in the transfer market.Dont think its a case of good scouting more one of snapping up every decent bit of English talent for the guts of 1 mil each and try to develope them.
sk1nner80
Spurs try to copy arsenal, chelsea and United by getting all the good youngsters (they think their a big club remember!)
son_of_cher
Haven't we been linked with Raul?!
leelindsay
Keep Beattie, no one wants that fat chump! Not even Small Heath
leelindsay
Quote taken from IC Birmingham: Stoke have made noises about signing Hendrie permanently but have so far not made contact. O'Neill added: "Lee Hendrie is back with us and the way we're going he might as well come and join us. If Stoke want to talk to me they can, but they haven't yet." See ya Hendrie :-)
mackaavfc
I was thinking of starting a "I've seen SWP at the IBIS near the Belfry" type rumour! Its incredible how little transfer action is around, agents touting their greedy players to as many clubs as possible. No wonder a lot of clubs look abroad for value (too many foreigners argument is somewhat self inflicted/bigotted). I am very nervous about all this transfer dealing after the Milner/Solano fiasco and Baros will he/won't he deal (wish he didn't!, but hindsight eh). I suppose if Newcastle are ready to off load any players, no one will want to play ball with ShepherdEllis. I heard Ellington and Gera are up for grabs at 5m....Any takers??
tarzan
I agree Tarzan any player looking for a move right now will have his dirty handed agent playing off as many clubs as possible. I think we have to be patient and wait and pray O'Neil gets the players on his list
tylervilla
MON says the transfer window work starts this morning (Wed) in quotes from the game last night.
The Fear
James Milner will be at Villa before Saturday!
Reflex
last dance at the Reflex, what are your sources?
tylervilla
If Ellington goes back to Wigan, what happens to Heskey? Wasn't he successful for some we know before? Just a thought.
Gordonsleftboot
We are looking for a Hero, a star striker, a new dawn in Villas future, please dont answer this call with Heskey and Harewood. Id rather have Baros and Angel. Come to think of it Id rather have Bosko and Collymore.
tylervilla
I have some colleagues in Newcastle who are certain that Milner will join, they have been right before so lets wait and see!
Reflex
Spot on Tyler..I have said a similar thing just now on the news thread. We need a couple of big stars we can worship. I don't fancy Harewood one bit. Although strikers are always a gamble (just look at Beattie compared with say Anelka in recent months). It's just getting quality to join us without European football and at least competing with the top four (we never beat them) - Players now adays want to be in the spot light. Patience is difficult in the window. I reckon Graveson was a better option than Petrov and still get angry about selling Nobby back for peanuts in exchange for giving Milner a years worth of experience. Are there any Platts, Ian Taylor's or Crouch's out there?
tarzan
Couple of names for you all, we need a natural finisher(s). RASIAK (scored a hatful and been injured) and/or EARNSHAW (ugly but always scores regularly in poor teams). Alternatively we may have bigger fish to fry, but as magic Merse said recently when quizzed on whether we'd be in for Defoe "You are joking, Top teams don't sell strikers, particularly ones that score goals!"
tarzan
David Nugent has bought a house in brum
harkcombr
Defoes missus has just been spotted in matalan buying a claret and blue cardigan, size small, surely a sign : )
steff_the_villan
Ronaldinho's personal dentist has just bought the Aston dental surgery...looks like a done deal to me!
Rickymeister
Now were linked with Marlon Harewood because west ham is putting in a bid for Darren Bent. Id rather Bent than Harewood, hammers can keep Harewood while we beat them to darren
AussieVilla
Ive just read Ashley Young
Pking
Im not sure if weve been linked to him but Billy Sharpe looks like he could be worth a gamble.
Pking
news on the wires this morning; SWP going to west ham for just under 10m. Apparently Chelski are after gabby and Barry.
tylervilla
well chelski can sod off!
The Fear
Hear hear, Mr Fear.
The Usual Suspect
more news apparently preston have rejected a 6m bid from sheff utd for Nugent
tylervilla
MON has refused to comment on Barry Ferguson Looks like hes coming then!!
mackaavfc
Chelski can sod off...unless its an exchange deal for Robben and Drogbha!!
jonah
both barry and gab know if they went to chelski they wouldnt play regular footy.Think that is a non issue.Newcastle have offerd swp 6 month loan to regain his form.Does this pave way for Milner to Villa? SWP would be stupid to go to West Ham or even Newcastle.he should try Villa Park out for size.
sk1nner80
Interesting news on local radio up here. Roy Keane has just been interviewed about signing Phil Bardsley on loan for Sunderland, but Keane said that Bardsley wanted to talk to a Premiership club about a permenant deal first. Us?
Geordie_Villa
Kinda want martin to pull a rabbit out of a hat and sign a complete unknowen who will turn into a Villa Park legend.i know i used up my wishes getting rid of Doug,DOL and getting MON but just this one wee wish should be ok.
sk1nner80
According to Daily Mail, Sociedad want Baros, but only after we've signed Bellamy to replace him
Geordie_Villa
This speculation is fun but distracting, I think we need to know Martin and Randy's list - we should try and guess that first. There is some sense in the SWP/Milner and the Ferguson rumours, but I am unsure whether we'd do business with Shepherd Ellis after the 11th hour call off. There needs to be a few moves to start the merry go round - that didn't happen in August when Newcastle failed to sign Huth and Viduka (otherwise Milner would be a villan)
tarzan
Fulham have accepted a bid for Collins John from an unnamed prem club...could this be the first one?
tylervilla
Ive read that charlton are after baros and samuel +hendrie for stearman+cash
Pking
3 for one doesn't go. Excahnges rarely happen in modern day football - the greedy agents and players wwant to maximise thier cash. Doesn't Stearman play for Leicester? Nugent is staying put (see BBC football), turned down 6m from the Blades! He was number one on a lot of Villa fans MON/Randy lists.
tarzan
Robert Koren has signed for WBA, which means that Gera is probably on his way out.
nikkersen
villa are offering samual +hendrie for Stearman from leicester.
Pking
PKing, if that is right, sounds like a good deal - for Leicester. One untried player for two with prem experience who would certainly be good in the Championship.
Gordonsleftboot
probably but weve been linked to this guy for months so o neil must like the look of him.also samual has been so poor over the last year or so,he is deadwood and will probably go for nothing anyway
Pking
it is rumoured to be Charlton or watford who have bought John tylervilla
jonah
Regarding Ferguson from Rangers. Le Guen has walked following talks about the hassle. Looks like Ferguson has been backed and will now stay. I also heard the link about the Fulham Striker John going to Charlton. MON has said any signings will probably be after the weekend now.
Gazvilla
pking - did you read the samuel + hendrie for stearman rumour off the ever unreliable footballrumours.co.uk website lol
Its All Over FC
I hope so Jonah, although not bad I dont think he would improve the squad a great deal.
tylervilla
No, not the quality we should be looking for
jonah
on the sky sports readers rumours page they mention Reo-Coker, Upson and Dica (Striker, apparently!) from Stuea Bucharest. This is where the likes of you and i say, "I saw MON and Reo-Coker and a third man in a restaurant in Soho last night!" F**k knows if there's a word of truth in any of it, but its not like the Upson rumour hasn't been doing the rounds already.
The Usual Suspect
Reo-Spit-roaster's agent has been engineering a move for a while, since he got booed (poor sensitive thing). Trouble is I think he wants to join Arsenal or another top four club. Like most of the names we mention he'd be great for us. Unfortunately I don't think he'll come, needs SWP to go there first then they may consider off loading. Any player we are in for you can be sure will be touted to Newcastle, Pompey, Spurs......
tarzan
When David O`Leary signed McCann i had my doubts but he has been great and thats wt i want Martin oneill to do but some1 cheap about 26-28 and good
Newman
tarzan west ham also are intrested in the same as us and so are bolton but they ent got the money
Newman
whos the di*k***d from romania ... sounds a bit lazy according to dan petrescu on sky.com
JASON
Nichalae Dica is a striker and current Romanian player of the year. The following link shows you some goals. What Petrescu is saying is that other Romanians have found it hard to settle but Dica will if he puts his mind to it. http://youtube.com/watch?v=YIe5CrHJWOg
Gazvilla
YAY our first signing,,,,,,Hungarian Under 19 international Zoltan Stieber has signed his first professional Villa contract, OK we already had him but thats not the point
steff_the_villan
cheers gazvilla...i also found this one of him v ronaldiho...he looks ok, and dicas not bad either....http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=1MHbrMaO1Ks
JASON
Mirel Radoi is also linked to villa with dica according to wikipedia
JASON
Dont judge a player by his videos...john gregory did and look where that got us!!
son_of_cher
Savo might want to come back! Spain is spitting distance away!
Gazvilla
Watching those Vids JPA would be on 40 a season with all that time & spce
FatKev
THE EVENING HERALD IN DUBLIN HAS US LINKED TO KEANE AGAIN
Pking
wt JPA needs is a taget man to play with him and to feed him so he can score goals!
Newman
Angel is a target man, just not a very good one. that Stearman looks a good player, it wouldn't be a bad swap for both teams considering we don't play hendrie or samuel. I'm a little concerned about that Dica story, you see players like him make there way to england all the time and never do anything. We definately need a forward though, plus another defensive midfielder to help McCann out, a right midfielder a cenre back. once we get them we should be ok. hopefully they are good
liamo1981
So Bardsley (mirror), Bellamy (guardian), Dica (sky sports) and Baros on his way to real sociadad, anyone know much about Dica?
steff_the_villan
Steff: I know bugger all about him, but look on the 100% football forum for a video of his goals where he is being compared to Ronaldhino!!
jonah
I would love to see bellamy at Villa, ok, we all know he's an aresehole, but he's a good player
jonah
just seen the dica videos.....he does look promising but you cant really tell, the Romanian league isnt exactly the most demanding? Still nice that hes being considered in the same league and ronaldinho though!
son_of_cher
Bardsley = DJ twins? I am uneasy about signing Man U cast offs, although God was one of them. We'll have to pay the price for quality, bargains are long gone I'm afraid, unless we have European football on offer. Look at the price of Boa Morte, Obe Martins, Dean Ashton, Anelka, AJ, Scott Parker, Crouch, Emule Huskey and Jermaine Pennant! If we are in the market for two decent players we aren't gonna get much change out of 20m. The price doesn't change much now or in the summer, anyway if the have impact beteween now and the end of the season...
tarzan
according to clubcall weve been linked to egyptian midfielder mohammed Aboutrika and Boaz Myhill!!!!Watchout Newcastle Utd here we come.
Pking
that egyptian midfielder is up for african player of the year, along with drogba and essien
Its All Over FC
Cheers Jonah, mmmmmmmm Dica could be promising, certainly looks like he is calm and composed in front of goal, if we got him and he could produce that kind of form in the prem he would certainly bring the crowds back
steff_the_villan
Bardsley set for Villa Park switch - On Monday, loan till end of the season.
tarzan
skysports are reporting that Milner is in talks for a new contract at Newcastle. All together now............Dum-Dum-Dum another one bites the dust
tylervilla
http://home.skysports.com/list.aspx?hlid=439656&CPID=8&clid=7&lid=2&title=Villa+to+bag+Bardsley Looks like Bardsley on the way then. Not the biggest signing in the world but better than Hughes!!
DixonTheVillain
Baros has just rejected a move to real sociedad
Its All Over FC
surely we have to go for bent now at 10-12million for a proven goalscorer think that represents good business at his age.
Belfast Villain
jesus not more loans, it does nothing for the team, we should be building for the future now, not just training up some manc cast off whos going to go back in 6 months, there must be a good young right back out there who wants to sign for us! now or in the summer, come on martin and randy dont fall at the 1st hurdle
eltoro
Eltoro don't be so short sighted. What if a world-class right back wants to sign for us in the summer but his club won't let him go now. We need a right back at present so a stop gap would do. MON knows what he's doing.
Gazvilla
Did anyone else read wot the mirror has printed?'Milan Baros is a target for mourinho!! ha now thats a story.6 month loan deal to ease the pressure off sheva?obviously jose wants to show him how to under perform correctly! maybe we can take SWP the other way?
sk1nner80
why not do a 6 month swap Baros for Shevchenkko
deemz
eltroro villa have been the one club not to use the loan market to any effect, this was under the ellis era which was so behind the times. it also cost the club dear by signing supposedly big name players on long contracts for big money only to find they were not good enough or couldnt settle..! now we have proper people in charge who know what they are doing.
deemz
a couple of sites are reporting we have offered Baros in part exchange for SWP, surely this cant be true?
mackaavfc
what sites are these mackaavfc? well did anyone else see mourinho walk off the pitch with his arm round baros when we played chelsea the other day. I saw it and thought it was interesting and now this link with baros and chelsea, i would not want shevchenko on loan lets get someone who is proven in the premiership.
meakers
thats probably where the papers got it from...an arm round a player from another clubs manager is all they need to write a story. Still makes you wonder why/how Jose even knows or cares baros
son_of_cher
its not me thats short sighted you juankers. loans do the club no good, we will just end up back at square one come the summer, or maybe you will be happy with more loans even then, deemz if we have proper people in charge now, then its time to take this club forward, you can disagree till your blue in the face, but loaning players is not the way forward, your argument dosen't hold up, you say in the past, signings have gone bad for us, what about the milner cock up he comes for a few months then leaves and we're still in the *****, wait for the right players then get them, time will tell how many loan players we get in, i say zero
eltoro
just heard celsea are intreaste in baros if they fail to buy darren bent and man utd and chelsea are both intreasted in quasmera i think its because of there paurtageuse links
Newman
how bout SWP Keane and bardsly and halford
Newman
o and nugent and get rid of baros and angel
Newman
eltoro, the only reason that we stayed up last year is because we signed Milner on loan, he was our best player. I think if teams are unwilling to part with quality players on a permenant basis, and a club like Villa is in dire need of enforcements but unable to get any then a loan is they way to go. Villa need at least 5 players in to get a side that will comfortably stay in the premiership at the moment, if anyone thinks that we can qualify for europe this season they are kidding themselves. It has been mentioned time and time again that it is difficult to get players in in january, therefore in order to get a team capable of staying up confortably may have to get loan signings. what would do the club no good is if we shyed away from loan signings and couldn't sign anyone on a permenant basis, because then we would be in trouble.
liamo1981
Newman, I would say we have done pretty well. But i thinl we need to sign another battling midfielder to help out McCann, and so O'Neill has a few more options to rest and rotate players
liamo1981
O'neill was always good a plucking players from nowhere and making them perform wonders, so hopfully he signs some genius african kid that he found on the streets playing football with an orange.
liamo1981
or barton if that doesn't work out
liamo1981
Bellamy didn't get on at all against Arsenal today...... just thought I would mention it !!!
fatloser
baros agent confirms chelsea interest , on skysports website
meakers
Thats pretty good if we can get rid of him and maybe steal SWP, or maybe Geremi. It sounds pretty far fetched, but skysports are normally pretty reliable.
liamo1981
SWP is currently paid 60k a week at Chelski... is he that good and would Villa be able to match those sorts of wages? West Ham pulled out of the deal because they couldn't match his current terms.
Hoss The Villain
This is my 1st post on the site, but certainly not my 1st visit. Does anyone know if the new Lerner regime has restructured the salary structures for the players wages?? I know that historically we're were always having problems attracting talent under the Ellis regime with salaryies capped at certain levels. If Lerner's prepared to pay big sums to land players as well as increase the salary caps, then surely we can sustain players like SWP and more. UTV
Claret and Blue-Eyes
How are we supposed to compete with the 'big 4' if we don't match them for transfer fees and wages? I'm not saying we should compete with Chelski but I would think Bent, Keane, SWP, Distin, Curtis Davis, Senna, and Luke Young wouldn't break Randy's bank and they would give us European football next year.
MON the Man
o yeah mabye reo-coker his a box to box player and would do great for us his avaliable for 5mill!!!! Also Gonzarles bentez dosent start him and he will soon be annoyed and on championship manager his a great player like 90 or 100 on everythink!!!!!! he wouldnt cost more than 5mill
Newman
Randy should have already gotten rid of the villa wage cap...he owns the 7th richest american football team and the players arent exactly paid peanuts over there!!...its probably more than footie players. Randy will already know top players want 60k+ per week. He has already stated his ambition is to get us into the champions league and that costs money. We'll be fine just need a bit of patience
son_of_cher
Any one else think baros is playin wit a bit of purpose today against man utd? Oh yea and did anyone else see him wearing pants with his squad number on them hahaha
sk1nner80
yh i saw that lol ermm i think he wants to go to chelsea/lyon/ac milan thats y he is playing good
Newman
playing good? no way he was terrible apart from the goal
rooneyisgod
There may be American football players on +60k a week but in American football there is a wage cap for the whole team so there may be a few highly paid stars but the wages of the whole team can not exceed the cap for the Club.
Hoss The Villain
http://www.avfc.premiumtv.co.uk/page/News/HeadlinesDetail/0,,10265~961528,00.html Bardsley coming then.
DixonTheVillain
http://www.eatsleepsport.com/news_details.aspx?story_id=491875&l_id=1&t_id=2 anyone know anything about him?
mackaavfc
mackaavfc copy and paste this link. http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=3TvcgyLtSMY we need to be looking for a better striker than this guy, looks very good in the air though.
deemz
thanks deemz, appreciate that. Does look good in the air i agree. Think we should be going all out for Darren Bent.
mackaavfc
Could there be a problem with signing Bent? How will he pass a medical????????????
Gazvilla
Gazvilla - i aint sure how it works but Spuds signed Melbranque while injured and Manure look like signing Hargreaves?
mackaavfc
could be signed with the proviso that he passes a medical
steff_the_villan
Forget about Bent he's overpriced and injured.If Charlton go down he'll be on his way anyway.Bellamy and Keane were devestating up front in CM3 and Billy Sharp from Scunthorpe is definatley worth a gamble.
Pking
Any considered going for Ljundberg, Arsenal have apparently told him he is surplus to requirements at the Emirates ?
xfranc
Ljundberg would certainly settle the kids and add some experience. Perhaps an 18 month contarct. Wages may be an issue.
Gazvilla
Yeah but Ljundberg is always injured, and him and Mellberg hate each other. Do you remember at the Japan world Cup they had a bit of a training ground bust up.
liamo1981
ahh true that liamo. Apparently Baros' agent has confirmed chelseas interest in him..swap for wright phillips or geremi sounds good
AussieVilla
baros? chelsea? am i in a parrallel universe!
link201
Yeah its pretty funny, he will probably get a 5min spell off the bench, and never be heard of again. or score 20 goals and have to listen to everyone ask why we got rid of him.
liamo1981
Hey i just saw that we are leading the chase for SWP and ashley Young. Please god let it be true. If it is true it will be good to see that we can get players without whoring ourselves out to the media like evry other team
liamo1981
We should be thinking of buying players to play alongside Baros, not of selling him!!
jonah
Should be thinking of players to replace Baros not keeping him and whilst about it give JPA a free.
col8
None of the strikers linked with Villa so far are better than Baros, we should do as the Fear suggested in his article last week. Give Baros a decent run in the side and buy some quality midfield players to support him. As for Angel, yes, agreed, get rid of him.
jonah
Have to feel a bit sorry for JPA he always works his guts out and I get the impression he really cares about the club,unfortunatley he's about as effective as a catflap in an elephant house.Hope he gets a move to Scotland he'd do alright up there I think.
Pking
Watford turn down a 6.9m offer from Villa for Ashley Young (Talk Sport)
fatloser
Joanh... i don't think baros wants to stay. He might not want to join real sociedad but i'm pretty sure he doesn't want to stay at Villa either. Hasn't exactly celebrated the 2 goals he's scored this season has he? Methinks he wants out.
The Usual Suspect
tribal football are reporting we are beating hammers to sign SWP. Reason being we are offering a loan deal and hammers want him permanently and chelsea dont want to sell him on the cheap.
tylervilla
baros is no good, all he does is get the ball put his head down, run into defenders and then lose the ball. Yeah i like, he seems like he loves the club but he the touch of a rapist and looks like he needs a waking frame to get around. any of the forwards mentioned will get a game over both of them.
liamo1981
SWP lookin like a hammer??? if he goes on loan it would make more sense think the hammers are serious relegation fodder this year but his family are all in londinium so prob wants to stay there. not convinced about him myself but then again he is prob low of confidence due to lack of games(sounds like Baros)
sk1nner80
Lots of 'paper talk' saying Baros wnats to leave yes, still haven't heard him say it though!
jonah
But we have heard MON say he is "unsure" whether Baros wants to stay. I thinks that's subtle language for, "The lad wants out, what can i do?"
The Usual Suspect
This is what frstrates me soooooooooooo much!! We are losing out on a player because they would prefer to go to West Ham, instead of us!! Whatever next, players wanting to go to Watford or Shef Utd?? This is a player we need so badly and one we just can't miss out on. MON and Randy should do everything to get Ahsley Young and SWP to Villa Park and I mean anything! Sometimes, you need to pay over the odds and break the wage bill to move the club forward. Otherwise, bringing in average players to fill the squad will leave us mid-table for ever.
DixonTheVillain
Can we pleeeeeeeeeeeese sign someone im getting bored now!!!!
mackaavfc
its being reported we are ahead of West Ham in the race to sign him as they want a permanent deal - things looking up geezers (happy face).
tylervilla
There's always Collymore! Or did Rag Arse Rovers sign him up?
The Usual Suspect
O'Neill saying he's hoping to have Bardsley in on loan this week
Geordie_Villa
Lee Cook of QPR was linked to us
paranoid_ormandroyd
Villa is not a london club and all the money in the world will not change that.I dont know what the difference in lifestyle is between B6 and London but most rich young men prefer LDN even if SWP joins us it would probably be on loan and his heart would be somewhere else.We've spent too long signing non comitted players that we've paid over the odds for and look where its got us.
Pking
According to SSN, SWP is discussing personal terms with West Ham about a permanent deal.
MON the Man
You're telling me Manchester and Liverpool are attractive places to live ?? Exactly, similar types of cities to Birmingham and we have just as much history as them. They can get big name players to sign. Agreed, we haven't had the recent success but surely if we show ambition by signing top quaility players, others will follow??
DixonTheVillain
Im just speaking as a foreigner that places like Manchester and Liverpool are percieved to be trendier than Birmingham,if your from the UK then you obviosly know more about it then me Im sure Im wrong.I agree totally that more top players will attract better players to the club Im sure MON will be a bigger attraction to top players and is already a sign of the clubs ambition.
Pking
The key with SWP, will be the wages. He's on 60k per week - great work if you can get it. If either us or the Hammers sign him it sets a benchmark with all the other players. I've a feeling too that Reo-Coker will be off loaded if SWP comes in. He wants to go to a top four club.
tarzan
On the sky sports readers rumours page we've been linked to Neil Lennon.
The Usual Suspect
Dont know if you all already know this but MON and Deadly were at WBA on Saturday. The WBA fans said that they were watching Robinson though not Gera or Davies but God knows how they know that? but they were there!
Reflex
Was Deadly there in his role as Life Director of Football?! That'll be why we haven't signed anyone if that coffin dodger has managed to get himself involved
Geordie_Villa
I do worry about DE's input. I worry he has any at all. The self deluded idiot should **** off.
The Usual Suspect
Don't even joke about Herbert getting involved!!!!!!!
jonah
CHELSKI CAN DO US & THEMSELVES A BIG FAVOUR IF THEY GET SWP & CO OVER TO US BEFORE THE MANC GAME AS ANY POINTS WE TAKE OF THEM WILL ONLY HELP THERE CAUSE & OURS
FatKev
What signings would we be happy with? It's all very well moaning on. I'd be happy with a centre back (Davis or Upson) midfield/winger (Milner or Young or SWP) and a striker (Rasiak or Smith). Loans if necessary.
tarzan
Why do we need a centre back?
jonah
I agree jonah. I've been impressed with Cahill and with Mellberg and Laursen, not to mention Ridgewell we don't need a centre back this side of the summer at least. Wingers and a seasoned pro in midfield. The strikers we've been linked to are nippy players. I thought he'd go for target man as Angel and Sutton aren't the worlds best. It is an interesting thought though if we had a better team would Baros be more successful and therefore happy to stay. With a decent target man, Baros, Moore and Gabby could feed off him.
Gazvilla
hell of a list there......
ernshaw
YES! SSN are reporting swp has rejected wham, leaving villa and newcastle left in the running! next stop, villa park!
Its All Over FC
I agree with Gazvilla we have plenty of quick strikers like Gabby and moore but a target man is needed, angel and sutton are getting on in years and MON likes his target man as shown by him taking sutton to celtic in the first place. Villa also have the back bone of a great team here with cahill,davis,gabby,ridgewell,moore and maybe osborne all looking to be able to hold their own in the prem league all ready, a few choise buy's could turn a good team into a great team within a year. I think Billy Sharp would be good as he is scoring almost every week and Bent at a rip off price Sharp i think would be much better then Bent at Villa and Much,MUCH,MUCH cheaper.Why Not
Tallaght Villan
Could be good news about SWP?? Surely he'd favour us over Newcastle. Especially with MON at the helm and loads of english youngsters to play with?
son_of_cher
Lets hope Ian has a quiet word with him about his mate Martin.....you know it makes sense ;-) If the geordies get him, can't see Milner hanging around long
tarzan
Billy Sharp is playing in division 1, its a big differance from the Chapionship let alone the premiership. And Rasiak is one of the worst Premier League forwards i have ever seen when he was with Tottenham. They would both be really bad signings. But i definately agree that we need a deent Target man. I think we need a centre back too though, because every decent team has a great defence with defenders that are consistatnly good and rarely injured. Mellberg and ridgewell has not been so consistant, laursen has played about 10 games in 3 years and Cahill is still pretty young. We need another quality defender, that is a straight up starter and then the defender out of the ones we have that is in form to partner him. I'd say that we will have to get rid of one of the ones we've got though at the end of the season. Probably laursen if he doesn't put a run of games together. even though i think he is probably the best defender we have at the moment, he is just too injury prone.
liamo1981
liamo - You have a point about centre of defence but I don't see Upson (injury prone) or Curtis (another young improver) being the answer. If we could sign a pure quality signing then, yes. But can we do it in January??
Gazvilla
Sky Sports Website - Aston Villa are now the front-runners for both Shaun Wright-Phillips and Ashley Young (Watford)?. - (Daily Mirror) 8 Jan.
villacross
Rangers striker Boyd is a big mobile fella worth testing the water maybe?
sk1nner80
Kris Boyd Stats this season 15 goals in 26 games. 19 starts(7 sub) I know a lot of people dont rate scotish football very highly but its a mistake to rule out the big two up there.After all celtic beat man u in the champions league.
sk1nner80
Gaz- I agree to a certain extent. i havn't seen Curtis play, but if Arsenal and co are after him he must be decent, and obviously a bit further along than Cahill in his development. But you are right in what you are saying about both, it would definately be better to get a top class defender, that you are certain will be good, and it probably wont happen in January. But, if Curtis is as good as he is being made out to be, then he might be worth a punt. you often see these defenders come from nowhere and then turning out to be class, and at the moment it doesn't look like happening with any of our defenders, except possibly cahill.
liamo1981
Cahill is a star in the making and Ridgewell is one of the most improved players in the premiership.I think Ridgewell has performed better than Cahill.
Pking
Time to get the shades out, The futures bright, The futures Villa
steff_the_villan
Yeah i think ridgewell has been better than cahill this year, but i think Cahill has more potential. But both of them have not been world class, which is what we need a world class centre back. i think they need a bit more time to develop.
liamo1981
we desperately need TWO wingers. i'd take young and lee cook if we can't get SWP. Bellamy is another one i like but is not prolific enough to play as a forward, possibly wide right or left. we need pace and flair on the wings and down the middle. anyone reckon mon will dispense with full backs competely and go to a genuine 3-5-2?
Dee1
I reckon Laursen should be replaced. Having watched Cahill a few times I'm beginning to see shades of Paul McGrath in his game (a la the duck under Nevilles ball into the box), I pray he only continues to get better. Ridgewell has played exceptionally well this season too and Mellberg is consitent as always. Laursen is good when he's fit but he's pretty much an empty seat at the dinner table.
Claret and Blue-Eyes
Watford want 9m for Ashley Young - i'd say thanks but NO thanks. How the hell can he be worth 9m when we were going to sell Barry for 4.5m, get real Boothroyd you muppet.
mackaavfc
Watford want 9m for Ashley Young - id say thanks but NO thanks. How can he be worth 9m when we were going to sell Barry for 4.5m, I say get real Boothroyd you muppet!!!
mackaavfc
Is this topic closed - none of my posts seem to be appearing?
mackaavfc
Bellamy,Young,Gabby SWP imagine those four attacking ur aging back four.Would Barry and mcCann be able to catch them up guess they will pick up the loose balls around the box.Sorry gettin ahead of myself.We have only signed Bardsley so far but u never know.....
sk1nner80
Imagine Bellamy gabby SWP +young all running at ur aged defence!
sk1nner80
more gossip, apparently hammers are going for ljungberg after missing out on SWP. If they have missed out on SWP then who has got him???
tylervilla
If we are now being told its 9 million for Ashley Young then this is very overpriced..! for that kind of money we may as well go for Ricardo Quaresma of FC Porto who would light up Villa Park and have an effect that the sold out signs would be up every home game. Shame he might not be available untill the summer but why not test the water with a strong bid now..!
deemz
Cahill is (and I choose my words carefully) another Paul McGrath in the making. Ridgewell has come on leaps and bounds this season. And Mellberg has been performing at his stalwart best. Fingers crossed the 3 stay clear of injuries. Whilst I agree that a Target-man should be our prioroty, given the opportunity I think we should cut our losses with Laursen and try to replace him. Admittedly he's a great player, but he's no use to us at however many 000's a week out injured. "Strength and Depth" is somethign the top 4 clubs have and that's what we need to aspire to. We really need to have quality options for every position.
Claret and Blue-Eyes
Any excitement happening? I asked for people's wish lists yesterday, but most people appeared to be happy with our world beaters! Defenders: Upson or Davis Midfield: SWP or Smith or Young or Gera and Strikers: Bellamy or Rasiak for me! Angel, Hughes, Petrov and Davis have been below par this term - we haven't the squad size to carry thes players long term unless we get bodies in to help out.
tarzan
Any rumours today then?
tarzan
The tranfer merry go round - when will it start?
tarzan
still plenty of links, lets hope soon they become players instead of gossip. SWP, Bellamey, Ashley Young especially keep cropping up.
The Fear
I do think Villa could do with a new center back. but a good defending team has good attackers who can hold the ball to at least give the men at the back a rest. spend some of the money on a good center back and some more on one or two quality attackers who have the abilty to hold the ball.
Tallaght Villan
I do think we need a new center back. But a great team at defending has good attackers who can hold up the ball to at least give the men at the back a rest. Spend some money on a good defender and some more on attackers who can hold the ball.
Tallaght Villan
Shades or Hades!
LarryTL
comments now full, will set up another article thread.
The Fear
 

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