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The gossip has accelerated, although not to the most stunning of targets, which is probably good news as we'll end up with a stunner that the papers haven't even thought of?

According to several reports Villa will sign Manchester United right-back Phil Bardsley AFTER the two games in a week v the Reds (Villa face Man Utd in the FA Cup this Sunday and in the Premiership next Saturday, both at Old Trafford). The reports yesterday suggested a Premiership club had scuppered the proposed loan move to Sunderland for the defender. It is suggested we'll take him for the rest of the season with a permanent deal sealed in the summer.

The Guardian are claiming that Milan Baros could move to Spanish side Real Sociedad for around £4million. I'm sure they were linked last season as well? Shame to sell this player on at a loss, but hey ho if you read the Daily Mail the price quoted is £6million and that sounds more reasonable. The report also suggests we will then move for Liverpool's Craig Bellamy. I heard this link a while back but my information is that Liverpool won't be selling unless they can get a replacement, hence the log jam starts. Bellamy would certainly be an interesting one, the sort of aggressive player that maybe we are missing, but he does spend a fair amount of time on the treatment table. A fully fit, nasty snarling Bellamy might do the business but he can also cause disharmony in the dressing room if other reports are to be believed.

I did also hear a whisper that we might be into swapping with Spurs, I think it went something along the lines of Gareth Barry for Danny Murphy and a striker, so I'd guess Robbie Keane + cash. I'd dismiss this out of hand, we surely can't afford to lose our captain marvel?!

Sky Sports also said yesterday that Villa are moving for Romanian Nicolae Dica. The 26-year-old forward plays for Steaua Bucharest. Former Chelsea player Dan Petrescu who manages Unirea Urziceni told Gazeta Sporturilor, of which I am a regular subscriber!!! 'I know their manager, Martin O'Neill, very well. He needs a creative player. I saw their match against Chelsea on Tuesday and I realised that he is right. Dica would have his place there, I'm sure, but it all depends on how hard he wants to play.'

This one I also don't believe unless we really are looking for short term fixes as the Daily Mail say we will bid for Charlton's Jimmy Floyd Hasselbaink. As said, a short term fix maybe, the former Chelsea and Middlesbrough striker was awesome in his hey day, but this is not the stage of a career we should be looking at buying players in surely!?

Meanwhile Glen Roeder has been talking about James Milner and it certainly sounds that he is going nowhere: 'He is such a hard-working lad, one of the best pros I have worked with. I have never known James Milner to finish the morning's training without doing extra. I have seen James many times in training score goals like he did on Monday. After the hard work he has put in on the training ground, he deserved that goal. Five, six seven goals a season - he scored his first on Monday, there are still enough games to do that. He has got the potential to do that and it would be nice to have players in other positions chipping in with important goals, rather than just relying on the strikers.'

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Writer: J P Fear Mail feedback, articles or suggestions

Date:Friday January 5 2007

Time: 11:24AM

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Pardew has indicated that Bent is available for the right price (according to TalkSport & SSN). Lets hope we land him!
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05/01/2007 11:40:00

We have got to keep Barry at all costs. and a big no to Craig Bellamy and JFH we should be setting our sites higher.
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05/01/2007 11:42:00

Only problem is Pardews idea of the right price seems to be 10million+ which is outrageous.
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05/01/2007 11:43:00

I think (hope) we can dismiss all rumours about GB leaving. I wouldn't mind seeing Murphy in a villa shirt though, good player who has never really been given a chance at Spurs
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05/01/2007 11:45:00

Murphy would be a good signing and I would love it as ive met him a few times and played football with him once
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05/01/2007 11:49:00

Bellamy +Bent + Milner just the three for me........ but I would settle for any two.
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05/01/2007 11:58:00

i would also like to see Defoe or keane up front
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05/01/2007 11:59:00

Bent would be great. Defoe won't be being sold, Spurs have been very clear on that. Keane maybe but he is injured at the moment I think? Like Col8's 3!
The Fear
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05/01/2007 12:02:00

Bellamy - Noooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooo
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05/01/2007 12:05:00

Bent is also injured at the moment aswell thats why pardew has put him up for grabs according toi talk sport anyway.
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05/01/2007 12:06:00

Sounds like Charlton need to raise cash. Bent is injured until end of January and Charlton need the money now! War of nerves I think to see who blinks first. MON likes PACE and I think we could wait until he's fit.
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05/01/2007 12:12:00

Reports are suggesting that spurs will be making a move for bent.If that was the case then surley keane would be on his way out.What about freddy eastwood or sharp aswell as an established striker?
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05/01/2007 12:14:00

If we want bent we are gonna have to cough up the cash.
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05/01/2007 12:27:00

the rumour is about 10 mil for him
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05/01/2007 12:56:00

Yet again, Edu from FC Lyn in Oslo. Avaliable at 1,5-2 mill., young, extremely fast, has made his international debut for Nigeria and now reportedly beeing chased by Arsenal, Chelsea, Man U and Liverpool. Move fast..
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05/01/2007 13:12:00

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05/01/2007 13:13:00

"Jimmy Floyd Hasselbaink. As said, a short term fix maybe, the former Chelsea and Middlesbrough striker was awesome in his hey day, but this is not the stage of a career we should be looking at buying players in surely!?" FULLY AGREED, I mean it's not like Sutton has done anything for us, is it??????????
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05/01/2007 14:14:00

The romainian rummor has to be a load of tosh. Dan Petrescu sounds like a bit of a tard.He watched villa play chelsea and thought his man would fit nicely???? I watch villa play often and always reckon I could fit nicely doe that make me available? Hope so go on add me to the rumors list maybe if i get my pub footy manager to go on sky sports and recomend me!!!!!!!!
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05/01/2007 14:34:00

Why is 10 mil too much for Bent? A young, speedy, proven goal scorer is worth that. He could score 200 goals for Villa!
Scot Dutch
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05/01/2007 14:37:00

Any good on the right wing sk1inner?
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05/01/2007 14:44:00

hopfully in one season Scot Dutch ha ha ha
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05/01/2007 14:56:00

Weve apparently offered 7 m for ashley young and 12m for bent.Ive read this on the websites of the local london papers.
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05/01/2007 15:15:00

Well i am right footed
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05/01/2007 15:20:00

Bent and Keane sounds a pretty decent strike combo to me. Concerned about the Gareth Barry rumours though. That surely has to be a definite no-no!!
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05/01/2007 15:22:00

bardsley is joining on monday
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05/01/2007 15:49:00

No Barry cant go he can stay at Villa and become a Legend
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05/01/2007 16:02:00

Interesting what you say nikkersen but remember that Edu did not even come in the top 5 scorers in a league that is arguably a lower standard than the championship, it's certainly not better than the championship anyway. Heck, Steffan Iversen, ex of Spurs came in in 3rd place and if he can't cut it in the premiership anymore then Edu has to be seen as no more than an intersting prospect, we already have that in Moore and Agbonlahor. We need someone who is ready to come in and start scoring goals. For anyone else who wants to check this guy out he name is actually Chinedu Obasi Ogbuke, now you know why they call him Edu :-) He came to Norway at the same time as Jon Obi Mikkel who famously earned Manchester United 12 million by NOT signing for them, the best bit of business Alex Ferguson has ever done, especially as it involved ripping off Chelski :-)
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05/01/2007 16:04:00

Radio 5 live quoted Tony Soprano as saying that Robbie Keane will not be sold under any circumstances, so think we need to go all out for Bent as I can't see any other top strikers moving in Jan UTV SOTC
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05/01/2007 17:29:00

Where have the Bellamy links come from? He has only just joined the bin dippers and I was under the impression him and Kuyt are their first choice strikers, so why would they want to sell him now?
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05/01/2007 17:32:00

surely we have to go 4 bent now,pardew has as good as said he will be sold.10million wouldnt be a bad price 4 a proven goalscorer which has 2 b priority number one 4 us 2 kick off the villa revolution.
Belfast Villain
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05/01/2007 18:54:00

Why do always sign liverpool flops for big money?
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05/01/2007 21:13:00

Call me cynical but ..... We would reportdley pay 10m + for defoe - who we are sure isn't available. Bent is comparable - and is available - I would estimate for 10m - Tops ........ But we aren't intersted. on the bright we have beaten sunderland to loan signing of a Manu reserve , who has previous experience with Burnley. If we are after a nippy striker, they don't come much better than Bent. If we don't go for him - it can only be because we can not afford him................sound familar
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05/01/2007 21:25:00

According to the sun bent is valued at 18m and the mirror say 25m i know 25m is probably rubbish but there is no way in hell that bent is worth 18m.
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06/01/2007 12:09:00

Did I miss where MON said he wasn't interested in Bent????
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06/01/2007 23:34:00

We are now intrested in Zak Night of Fulham now for 5 million
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08/01/2007 10:34:00

A big money signing would be nice. Show we mean business.
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02/03/2007 15:32:00


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