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Ashley Young Transfer Talk

According to The Sun, Watford will allow 21-year-old Ashley Young leave but only if the 9.65million bid that West Ham put in is matched.

Seems Young doesn't want a move to West Ham and according to this report has snubbed the Hammers but chairman Graham Simpson says the England under-21 attacking midfielder will be allowed to depart for a similar sum.

Reports suggest that Young would like a move to Spurs but has also been linked to Aston Villa with Martin O'Neill in desperate need of re-inforcements following a spell of 12 games with no wins.

According to the Times Spurs aren't as hot on the transfer and with other reports suggesting both Wayne Routledge and Calum Davenport, players Martin Jol would have been prepared to use as makeweights in a deal, aren't willing to move to Watford.

That could leave Aston Villa in the driving seat and again according to the Times, met with the player last week.

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The Journalist

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Date:Wednesday January 17 2007

Time: 11:47AM

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oi ya buggers, I'm not out of the office until 2pm, sod orf!
The Fear
This goes to show how vastly overpriced English players are. I would agree with O'Neill that clubs are holding certain over clubs to ransom.
still skeggy
Thought wed signed him for a second - damn
so, if we wnt him we are going to have to pay 10mil for him. A record for the club for an unproven 21 yr old. The world's gone mad I tell ye!!
Fantastic article though, the best ive seen for a long time, well done to all involved ;)
With all the focus on Young I would not surprise me if we did not sign him for the stupid amount of 9.65 million but a player from far far away came in instead, Watford are taking the urine asking for so much money. I know its a sellers market but .........
It's a ridiculous fee. He's done no better, no worse than our very own Gabby in my opinion. Would we get 10million for Gabby? I very much doubt it. We'd probably get 5 million max and I believe that to be Youngs true value too.
9m - i would rather pay 5.5 for Barton and give him a 3.5m contract. Or maybe Ledley King, robbie keane, bent, govou, carew, SWP the list goes on!
no offence to the lad though its not his fault West Ham are throwing their money around like idiots (theres always one). He would be very welcome if we did sign him.
Id be happy if we signed him (or anyone old joe for that matter) but we could get at least 2 experienced players for that price. Weve got enough youngsters. But watford are fools, yeah hes good but theyre only letting him go for a way too inflated price, only to shut down a good offer. Just like Bale at Southampton. Two ***** teams, who could sell them for a reasonable price and buy mostly a whole different team. But this young bloke ive never even noticed, but then i dont really bother watching watford games when theyre on, too um... whats the word...*****, yeah thats it...*****
If Watford get 10m for Ashley Young then they are far from being fools.
If Watford do end up getting 9-10 million for him, it will only be because somebody was prepared to pay it. This is where Villa and O'Neill are between a rock and a hard place. Do they pay over the odds for players like Young and placate those who are panicking about the transfer window, or refuse to pay that sum and risk criticism for not buying anyone? It's all very well saying 'go for SWP' or 'why not buy RK', but that can only happen if (a) their club is willing to sell them; (b) the player is willing to come; and (c) if nobody outbids us.
He's at least 200% over-priced and having seen him play earlier this season against us I cannot see what extra quality he would bring when compared with our other young midfielders (ie Gardner and Osbourne). Now SWP at 12mill or even James Milner at 5mill would add quality and give us width and let Gabby play more centrally as a natural two-footed striker.
Villacross - he's bound to score against us now.
Will be interesting to see if he plays on Saturday. If he doesn't, I reckon he will be announced as our signing on Monday.
Sheriff Kimbo
He's not worth 10 mill. SWP is and with with Milner valued at 5 Mill, Young isn't twice as good. Test Newcasle's resolve by offering 7 Mill for Milner. I thinks he's worth it.
Have you seen Boothroyd's "buy to let" proposal for Young? I've seen it all now, I still can't beieve what he's saidjust now. Apparently he wants a team to pay 10m for young now, then let them have him on loan until the end of the season in their "fight" against relegation. Also have some of the fee upfront and/or players in exchange so they can get some bodies in!!!!!!!
might be worth giving Boothroyd a drugs test?
Am Sorry he may be a good player but I dont think he is worth 9m yet
He is worth4 mill tarzan said prob play out of his skin on sat.Or on the other hand if we destroy watford he may like the prospect of signing for us.Have a feeling we will be out of the blocks flying after playing the top two teams in recent weeks and being forced to counter anything they did hoprfully we will be able to play our own way against them.
He's reprtedly refused out of hand to speak with a second team (apart from West Ham) who had agreed the fee with Watford. That team could well be us. If so, end of story. If not, we either pay the fee demanded and agree terms with the lad, or move on and look elsewhere. Simple options really.
Glensider - where has this been reported? I have just checked Sky and it seems we are still in the running.
Is he Married? If he is he will proberly Join Spurs because all wags wanna live in London
9-10 million, for a player that I'd never heard of before this transfer window, you're 'avin' a laugh!!! I'd rather pay 15 mil for SWP, at least we know he's quality and is a more developed player. If Young had shown that he was better than most 25 year olds in his possition, like Rooney did, then OK but he hasn't. If British clubs are going to hold us to ransom as they know Randy has got plenty and they think he'll do an Abramovic, then maybe we should look to Germany, Scandinavia and Holland, their players tend to do well in the prem and are generally alot cheaper, not so much TV money in the game over there (or should that be here as I'm in Scandinavia myself :-\ )
Villain Of The North
VOTH - You make alot of sense. He's not worth it and you Scandanavians seem a hardy lot and settle well over here.
According to teletext watford want a deal where they sell him but hold on to him till the seasons over.I really hope MoN hasnt wasted as much time on this guy as we have.Id rather we sign no one than pay 4 this guy.
As has been the case for many years the english market is very expensive.If there are talented young footballers, you will pay alot for them mainly down to their proven ability to perform in a very fast and aggressive league.When players with 6months on their contracts are going for 2mil and upson with 18months quoted quoted at 8mill the world is going crazy. Y
Crazy is the right word! I'd rather we sign nobody than pay stupid money for this guy. He may be good (no idea, but he didn't do anything at all in the game against Liverpool), but 10M? get outta here!
Ditto Beovilla. for every multi-million pound flop there's a bargain foreigner waiting to be snapped up. Look at Benny McCarthy?surely with the right scouting we should be able to identify overseas talent for a fraction of the price? the financila risk is minimal if things do not work out for a player who costs 2-3million.
Young aidy is now taking the *****.I get the feeling that this is not a tactic to scare off clubs.He needs to sell to buy.10mil and loan him back till may?Get out and shut the gate after you.
i to agree he is overpriced whats more worrying is we havent signed anyone yet and the end of the transfer window is getting closer. i thought we would of at least signed one big named player. whats taking so long???
Relax kentvilla.. most of the action happens in the last five days of the month. This next time week we'll start to hear about the real transfer negotiations, not the media auctions like Ashley Young.
The Usual Suspect
For the second time forget him. He's worth no more than 4mill at present and Watford aren't letting him go for that. Spurs will probably pick up Boothroyd's suggestion for a couple of Spurs players + 2-3mill cash and allow Young to play for Watford for the rest of the season. Spurs will save 2-3mill in wages by May and improved their squad for next seaon without any cash outlay. Good deal for both clubs but not for us.
Well villacross looks like we have had a bid accepted between 8 and 10 million for him and he is supposed to be having a meeting at Villa today. So if he plays tomorrow he turned us down if he doesnt hes signed.
If we have the cash, get him in.Good crosser with both feet, can play both flanks has pace and seems to have a grounded attitude.He has been at Watford since he was 10, so it will be hard for a young 21 year old leaving the nest. For one minute we should not forget the 2.7billion TV deal will increase Prem clubs TV Coffers by 50%.....where do we think this money will go.Are clubs going to want less of this money for their players? No chance the summer is going to be crazy as all that cash will be there and everyone will want a piece.The more there is the more people justify they are entitled to!Let's get used to it and be thankful scrooge is not still incharge.

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