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O'Neill - Young 'Pretty Keen'

Martin O'Neill has updated the situation on transfer target Ashley Young after speaking with the player briefly.

Villa agreed a fee for the England Under-21 international last night and Martin O'Neill believes the player is 'pretty keen' about the move to Villa Park.

The Villa boss said: 'He's a player I've seen quite a lot of and obviously I admire his ability. So I would like the opportunity of working with him here at Villa. But as we see from other clubs, these things can take a bit of time and it's not really my style to be rushing things.'

'We've agreed a fee with Watford, so that we're able to speak to the player and his agent. I have done briefly and I think he's pretty keen. I think he's got some things to sort out at the other end and we'll keep our fingers crossed that he might want to come.'

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Writer: J P Fear Mail feedback, articles or suggestions

Date:Friday January 19 2007

Time: 2:21PM

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That statement does not fill me with much confidence.
Is young waiting to see if Tottenham come in for him? I think so..
The Usual Suspect
And so it goes on..macka check your inbox
If he goes to Spurs I dont see it as any great loss.
does he want to leave london ? - if he doesn't no point forcing him. I wonder whats happened to the wall of silence and not making statements until the deal is done ? - Pressure from above ?
Cheers Jonah.
I reckon we'll get him, we'll have about 5 england under 21's then in our ranks
the Caught Offside website says "We all know Young wants to join Spurs, but if martin Jol doesn't come in by feb 1st he will probably join Villa" Well, that's nice to know then!
He must know there's something in the pipeline from Spuds, so he's waiting to see what they've got to say. Onto plan D then i think!
MON the Man
It seems the statement is to say, he may not be done and dusted today.West ham did'nt get this far.The lad has been at Watford since he was 10, so any move will be a wrench and he may need some time to get his head around it.When he see's the new training ground the ambition at the club and the fact we are a sleeping giant the odds are good.Most of our lads have come through the system like him so there is common understanding.Two good feet for crossing , bags of pace and only 21.There will be some years in that one!
Very embarassing if he turns us down. Maybe MON knows this and also knows he will sign. Dissappearing up my own ********** here.
So he has not actuall put pen to paper yet..... the longer it goe's on the more doubt there has to be.
These negotiations were never going to be a five minute thing. Way too much at stake for both parties. Probably wont be any developments now until after tomorrows game is put to bed.
Why do the muppets from the cockney media keep saying moving to the midlands might be a problem??!! For their info, I have lived in Brum, which is a pretty decent place to live.....and I have lived in London, which is a right sh***hole!!! Bet most of the muppets in the media have never been to the Midlands so shud their cockney gobs!!!
If he wants to play for the mighty Villa fine, I would not want us to be a second choice for anyone, if a players heart is not with you, neither is his ability
Sky reporting tonight that Young is not playing tomorrow, will have medical on Sunday and sign on Monday...will see.
Echo Steef's sentiments here we want players who WANT to play for Villa, not settle for Villa if their first choice doesn't materialise. Let him see how good we are tomorrow and he will sign then and what have I set myself up for !
Well seeing he turned down whu with out even having talks i think he will be coming, iv got him in my dream team he's on a decent score and id be happy if we sign him.
chris the villan
I hate spurs. my Dad is someone on Vital spurs but dont know which one of them he is
just watch this space
It seems that lots of people have lots of opinions. Not many though seem to have many facts. This leads to loads of scaremongering which really doesn't show Villa fans in the best light. I think that it is brilliant that we are showing the ambition to sign one of Englands hottest young properties. Lets not complain or doubt it. Lets welcome the news that the owners are doing their utmost, as they have ever since they arrived, to move our club forward. The best part of a full house to show some appreciation tomorrow would go down well.
I dont want to be negative but I really think were being strung along here.Hes holding out for Spurs.
I want players who want to play for Villa but realisticallty players really only want to play for either the team they support or a team winning things, Villa is neither of these to Young but I would settle for players that WANT to play for O'Neill. As long as they want to play for the set-up what does it matter? When we get the sucess they and others will want to play for the mighty Aston Villa.
Villain Of The North
Thought from the start he would be destined for Spurs, especially after the money Watford wanted for him, didn't think we'd willign stump that up. But hopefully, MO'N can work his magic and attract him to the Midlands,. Still see him as a Spurs player by 2008 though.
Hopefully events at VP tomorrow will convince him to make the move. If Spurs are really preparing a ten million plus bid for Gareth Bale, will they still be keen on Young also? Maybe not.

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