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Another Transfer Window Surprise?

Aston Villa's manager Martin O'Neill has said that they will continue to work up right until the end of the transfer window in an attempt to bring in yet more players.

A source close to the club told me recently they'd be very busy trying to bring in the right players and somewhat frustrated by the lack of availability.

Still, they've manged to off-load an obviously unhappy Milan Baros and bring in a striker, in John Carew, who should be at his prime at the age of 27. They've also broken the previous record spend (Juan Pablo Angel as if you didn't know) by brining in Ashley Young from Watford. As well as bringing Phil Bardsley on loan from Manchester United, a player who has since said he'd love a permanent move to Villa Park.

O'Neill said: 'There are a few things in the offing and we're going to be working right to the last minute. There's nothing definite at this time. I'll probably be delayed going up to Newcastle for a while, but there are 36 hours to go, so I might as well see it to the end.'

COME ON YOU VILLA BOYS!!! (Sorry, got excited there for a moment)

Our previous January Transfer rumours thread are now pretty much full with over 1000 comments left! January Transfer Window Talk , January Transfer Window Talk 2, January Transfer Window Talk 3,
January Transfer Window Talk 4 and
Transfer Window Talk 5




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The Journalist

Writer: J P Fear Mail feedback, articles or suggestions

Date:Tuesday January 30 2007

Time: 4:12PM

Your Comments

JF - over 1,000 comments speaks volumes for how good this site is. Keep up the good work.
mackaavfc
sounds like martin is going to be speaking to a player or two 2moro then hopefully,i'd be happy with one more surprise signing,that would show a dramatic improvement in our squad until the real fun begins in the summer.
Belfast Villain
If we dont get anyone else, our intent is there for the entire footballing world to see. A good finish in the top ten and we will see some big developements in the summer I have no doubt!!!
Stig
Joey Barton, Gamst Pederson, David Bentley, Scott Parker, Saviola and Aimar please Mr O'Neill
edgley_1957
My first comment regarding transfers. However, I have it on good authority that Alan Smith will sign on loan tomorrow. Edgley_1957 - Aimar would be class.
Dannygav
forgot smudger - add him to my list above - get em all for a cool 30mil ;)
edgley_1957
If we don't get anyone so be it. I'd rather MON get his targets than plan C's
PaulG
aimar would be quality i agree.and heres one for the summer juan roman riquelme who's contract is nearly up and who has had a big fall out with villareal. why shouldnt villa try to attract this type of player in the summer,absolutely no reason.
Belfast Villain
Ooohh it's like waiting for Santa to come.Let's hope he can get in another two giving us more options.It will be like a beach down in Devon tomorrow with all the looting and bargains going on.Just a shame we have the game to restrict his time.Oh Well!
OneloveVilla
I hope the newsnow server has beein reinforced ready for tomorrow.
tylervilla
if we DON'T sign someone tommorow now im actually going to get quite upset...damn u Villa getting my hopes up!
tall_paul83
There is perhaps an expectation of more signings, which is why I'll be disaapointed if there isn't one or two. Onelovevilla makes a good point regarding the Newcastle match. With Villa perhaps stopping up North tonight or at least MON concentrating on the match it will be very difficult to negotiate any transfers.....unless..... he's already spoken to them? How on earth would he be able to keep them secret because there are no sniffs whatsoever of any news.
Gazvilla
I just love this thread, its been A1. One thing for sure, good players want to join our club - word has got out that we mean business. Smith would be great on loan, the right right winger position is most interesting. It may depend on the "transfer carousel" with certain teams needing to offload (Spurs, Newcastle & even Chelsea). But I think we have SWP, Milner and Gera in the frame.
tarzan
I think Fear pointed out recently, we may see big turn over of staff in the summer if we are to progress, MON will demand that players either step up or ship out. If the right players become available now then there may be a few surprises. Let's face it Bouma, Samule, Gardner etc. arenot in the same league as names mentioned above.
tarzan
I think your being a bit harsh on Gardner, Tarzan. Afterall, he is very young and has potential.
Steve64k
a sneaky bid for milner since he is up in the magpies nest?
sk1nner80
Hope this thread suits you Skinner, your wish is my command sir!
The Fear
The part I am looking forward to is actually seeing a bench that can change a game and inflict some damage or at least provide options and cover.Options like Berger,Moore,Angel(maybe not) Davis,osbourne,samuel,Ridgewell,hughes(again maybe not) laursen plus of course taadaaaa!..our new deadline signings.
OneloveVilla
Maybe I'm reading to much into this, but with Lee Hendrie leaving, I cant imagine that MON would let a player leave on loan unless he was drafting in someone else for at least the same period.....?? Maybe we'll see SWP at Villa after all??!!!
bazzah
i want gareth bale, i just having feelin we will regret not going in for him. Plz mr o'neil n mr lerner sir if you see this take pity on us villa fans cuz we had o'dreary n old man ellis last year, we just wanna be good again lol
meakers
He has a lot going for him but i dont think we should be looking at him due to his age and lack of prem experiance still think we should bring in players who could make more of an instant impact. Thank you very much Mr Fear you are a gentleman and a scholar and a fine judge of bad woman!
sk1nner80
Women
sk1nner80
thank you all for keeping this last month real real interesting and *****ing amazing. every one had constructive comments (apart from lemon nuts) and i hope that tomorrow there is a suprise arrival at villa. superb!!
Eaton_thevillafan
Saw MON's interview on Sky. I know he was pretty cute on The Carew signing but I get the impression this might be it. If he pulls a rabbit from the hat then the guy shouldbe an actor or make a fortune playing poker cos I can't sus him.
Gazvilla
if i can make a comment.... looking at the entire villan transfer sagas, weve outlayed only 10m - now not wanting to sound so pessimistic (im a villan after all) but i would have expected more to be done this January. I know that its all if the clubs want to sell as well, but villa was given 10m for the sale of Serpentine Park, so that basically means that we have outlayed nothing this transfer window. perhaps Randy is holding back to the summer ? any thoughts
otv
With Ellis the training ground building actually came to a halt. Therefore, the car park money is paying for the training ground. Spending 10 mill (transfer record) on 1 player and then attracting Carew speaks volumes for the stature of the club. On the transfer front, with Hendrie going (is that 5 out now, 6 with the twins?) we are an even smaller squad. MON must have something up his sleeve...... pleaseeeeeeeeeeee.
Gazvilla
whatever monies change hands over this window, would deadly have spent as well on quality players, or would he have sat on the car park money for as long as possible. all I feel after years of bad management is complete optimism, trust mon and randy to deliver. UTV.
morky13villa
I want to see either Barton, Saviola, Bently, Milner, Adriarno or Pinilla join before the window slams shut on O'neil's Co**
Christo
Saviola and Adriano are well out of your limits, and you wonder why you are left disappointed when the transfer window closes.
OneAaronLennon
remember guys, ignore him.
mackaavfc
http://www.spurs.vitalfootball.co.uk/article.asp?a=48293 thought you might like to add your comments underneath mine.
mackaavfc
My source has just revealed our next signing its Gera for 3m from Albion. Will be signed hopefully before the game tomorrow.
tarzansbrother
cheers chaps for semi clarifying that for me ;)
otv
And you lot want Aimar and Riquelme, why are they going to want to come to Villa? i'm sure its not because you are in Europe or in the FA cup. They might want to come to you lot because you are in a brilliant position in the premiership, 14TH.
OneAaronLennon
Tarzans bro - did you not say the same about Sidwell?
mackaavfc
Didn't we just rid ourselves of a mad hungarian? Why get a part-time hungarian? tarzansbrother
Steve64k
Papa Doobie-doowop Diop for me, please....?
Oldbury_Villa
No just that we are after Sidwell but he wont leave Reading and may now sign a new deal. We are also after Curtis Davies but Laursen will be given the rest of the season to prove his fitness.
tarzansbrother
http://www.spurs.vitalfootball.co.uk/article.asp?a=48293 can you all please join in the protest on the Spurs site to rid us of OALemon?
mackaavfc
i wonder who will play upfront? tomaz hopefully care young and agbonglour with barry mccann and davies/petrov and mabye if we sign gera a 3 4 3???? any thoughts?
Newman
I think Spurs should replace JOL with DOL afterall he knows how to splash the cash and then Spurs can have their own little bit of the Gunners history!
Steve64k
mackaavfc, and you talk about me posting rubbish on other clubs sites, stupid hypocrite.
OneAaronLennon
i think bouba diop would be a great signing also.
mackaavfc
Jloyd plus cash for Keanne - we need another striker and they need a left back.
myleftfoot
It's true we do need a left back, but we need a GOOD one.
OneAaronLennon
OAL why do you shave your eyebrow?
tarzansbrother
Tarzans bro please direct all Lemon comments to the above link, after all he has ruined our transfer thread for long enough. Rumour on the same Spurs link suggest Keane has handed in a transfer request.
mackaavfc
Halford has joined Reading tonite for 3m the ball has started to roll. Come on Randy get yer chq book out.
tarzansbrother
Gera would be a welcome boost to our squad. After the summer he would either be an intergal player or a decent squad member.
Gazvilla
I was just thinking about the journey down the M40 tomorrow and then realised, I can watch Arsenal give Tottenham a spanking when I get home( and listen to the boys..of course)
OneloveVilla
is being reported in the papers this morning that Spurs are on the verge of completing a deal for Gareth Bale. However the deal includes him going back on loan until the end of the season to help them get promoted. Come on Tottenham, 10 million is a bit overpriced for a 17 year old but to loan him back aswell when Spurs need a left back desperately is just a joke. BTW this was posted by OAL. i know we shall spent 10 mil on a school kid with no prem exp and loan him back. and he has the cheek to come here and take the ***** out of our transfers. some one ban him (sorry hat to let that go)
Eaton_thevillafan
agree ban the chav sod
meakers
Does anybody know if Man Yoo have accepted our 45m bid for Ronaldo? And how much is Terry costing us?
CLVilla
Reading are beating Wigan - top six looks realistic for them, and they are in the FA Cup, why would Sidwell leave? Does the Keane transfer request rumour have any basis? Smith and Gera (or Davis) are likely. Davis is on good money though
tarzan
CLVilla - I'd prefer to have Ronaldo on loan to prove himself like. Only the best for the mighty Villa!
Gazvilla
Gaz, good thinking. Terry should fit in well though.
CLVilla
Tarzan's brother has been 100% right so far. It looks like Gera and Smith or Keane then. Admittedly I'd like it to be Sidwell, SWP and Bobby Zamora whoops I mean Bellamy
tarzan
According to planet celtic Maloney has signed a pre contract agreement with us.
Pking
onearronlemon why not get rid of that shirt you wear and get a Villa shirt, you know you want to, leave the darkside and come to Vital Villa.
col8
Maloney has agreed to join Aston Villa - 30 / 1 / 07 - PLanet Celtic Planet-Celtic can exclusively reveal that Shaun Maloney has signed a pre-contract with Aston Villa. Last season's player of the year is set to link up with Martin O'Neill, Chris Sutton & Stan Petrov in at the Birmingham club this summer. I think the majority of Celtic fans will be amazed by Shaun's decision to move to the midtable Premiership club but that is his choice. He is no more than a one season wonder who is plagued with injuries. Contract talks had stalled with Shaun on a number of occasions. Strachan was keen to keep Maloney and was optimistic a deal could have been thrashed out for him to remain in Glasgow. At least we have Riorden & McGeady. Both look set to become very talented players who hopefully won't follow this trend of players who believe they will conquer the Premiership as well. A very talented footballer but far too big for his boots and it shows the ambition of today's players who would rather become an average player at an average club than become a legend at a big club winning trophies and competing in Europe year after year. What are your views on this? Leave a comment below or enter our forums!
Stig
I have it on good authority than Keanne has definately not put in for a transfer. He enjoys sucking lemons too much to want to leave now!
myleftfoot
Hold your horses Ive read that he has the option to stay at Celtic if they offer him 70 per cent increase on his current wages.?
Pking
Word coming from Celtic park tonight is that Shaun Maloney has signed a pre-contract which will take him to Aston Villa in the Summer. However speculation is that Maloney has the option to stay at Celtic should Celtic offer him a 70 PERCENT increase on his current deal. Maloney who has been popular at Celtic park has NOT been getting into the first team due to injury and word at the club is that the management had decided to put the player on the back shelf due to his erratic attitude towards contract talks
joerothuk
Have to wait for the official word on this. It's all well and good joining in the summer but we need reinforcements now. A midfielder is a must. I'm fairly sure someone will come in tomorrow. There is no sense in letting Hendrie go and not replacing him. I think we'll sign Gera and smith, the latter on loan.
weller77
There has been no news of this rumour in the press, STIG
myleftfoot
Milner said he'd love a permanent move to Villa Park too!!!!
TBMG
I think Maloney would be a good signing if we gewt him, he gives a differant sort of attacking option on then left side compared to what barry can give us. It will also allow for differant options such as the 433 that we played at the begining of the year and allow barry to play on the left side of the 3 central midfielders. Probably wont be the best player in the team, and i would prefair mcgeady that maloney, but i think he will become a decent squad member, and on a free is good business.
liamo1981
Maybe another loan player coming in before the deadline? Makes sense, still low on strength in depth, might as well take our full loan allowance.
glensider
Very much in need of strength now.... but in the summer?????......Moloney........why????????
Gazvilla
myleftfoot Try the Daily Record, apparently they are reporting we are working to agree a fee to take him now instead of the pre-contract agreement - only reporting what I read on Planet Celtic last night & Daily Record today - dont shoot the messenger !!!
Stig
09:22, 31/01/07. Just placed a big'ish comment on Spurs site, Lemons gonna go radio-rental. Feels bad picking on teenagers.
koolbill
I would like to see GERA at AVFC. He IS a good header and shooter and knows how to pass. He knows how to fight in the EPL ala West Broms two seasons. A worthy addition while we wait for Cooke, Curtis Davies and SWP in the summer.
koolbill
How stupid is it to have games on the night that the transfer window closes! Most of the January window transfer deals are finalised on the last day, surely its a huge disadvantage to a club that is trying to buy or sell a player and they have to play a game difficult to finalise deals and/or very disruptive to the preparation for that game. Whats this Maloney like? I'd like to see Smith come, plenty of mongrel about him which is what we need plus he'll be wanting to make up for lost time and will have something to prove, i reckon he'd be a great addition.
melbourne holte ende
Looks like Maloney deal is near according to BBC Scotland!!
Quania
You see, even when i'm not posting on here, you lot are still talking about me.
OneAaronLennon
And look at the poll question, "should Villa enter the InterToto Cup?" i said yes because that is the only chance Villa have of qualifying for the UEFA cup next season. I thought that Villa were better than Newcastle and that you actually had a chance of qualifying for the UEFA cup via the league next season but it seems you have lost hope already with 14 games to go.
OneAaronLennon
STIG I wont shoot you - the BBC are quoting that story now - Keanne is on his way to Celtic - apparently he couldn't pass up the chance to play champions league footy - no chance of that at spuds
myleftfoot
Are we thinking it's Gera who is the Midfielder MON wants to sign before deadline then? Haven't seen him much this year - what will he give us?
CLVilla
7 hours im hoping for davies and maloney
Newman
Come hither Gera, Smith and Maloney...
olafthegreat
If MON wants Smith, where would he play him? Gab on the right?, Young on the left? Carew/Smith upfront?
myleftfoot
NEWS FLASH: Ledly Kings wants to go to Chelsea!!
myleftfoot
Lemon you plick, JOL's gonna buy Harewood from West Shambles for 4 mil and you're slagging us. you're a nice kid and everything but no-one here has seriously said we SHOULD go for EWurope this seasonn as it would be too much too soon. But a nice feeler through the intertoto cup would get Martin's European feelers out, increase exposure and allow more time for players to get to know one another and get fitter than ever...are you so Villa-hatist that you can't see that...come on man, i know you have a articulate and fooballing side to you...SHOW it! P.S. HAREWOOD???? - tell me it's a rumour!!!!????
koolbill
Gera is much like Gary CAHILL of Everton, not much of a winger though. We could do with GERA here.
koolbill
koolbill - your joking,,,,aren't you?
myleftfoot
Young on the left, Gab up front with Carew. Smith on as a sub alternating between Gab and Co. Gab wasted on the right. SMITH not match fit - Gab becoming drained...makes sense?....right....Still prefer Gera though. Then SWP in the summer. Dreeeeam dream dream dream dreeeeeaaamm dream dream dream...COME THE VILLA!!!!!!!!
koolbill
Joking? Pray tell.
koolbill
Gera!!
myleftfoot
We'll see matey.
koolbill
SWP is a good player but he seems happy to sit on the bench or in the reserves and just collect his money????? id love to get him but is he too happy to sit and collect the petrol money for his ferrari????
buzza_avfc
Malony, Smith, Adu, Parker, anymore???? tick, tick, tick
steff_the_villan
Adu - no thanks, in a few years. PARKER - yup please.
koolbill
Im hearing Ridgewell going to Blues to replace Upson.
tarzansbrother
U wot!!!!!!!!! Not without an adequate replacement he aint!
Gazvilla
Not in the 16 tonite and hasnt travelled to Newcastle
tarzansbrother
tarzan - do something about your brother.....NOW!!!
myleftfoot
no,no way, no, absolutely not, NO...he isn't is he?
jonah
Yep - Ithink Ridge will be gone, if not today but at the end of the season. I can't see him being a regular next year.
villacross
Fingers in ears..la la la la la la la la.............................
Gazvilla
We live in the present and at the mo we need him. Laursen's knees are shot and can go at any time, then there are suspensions to deal with - Ridgewell is needed - Don't think about next season until it starts
myleftfoot
Ridgewell to Blues I really hope not (maybe a loan deal til end of season?)
fatloser
Does this mean we have secured Curtis Davies' signature?
CLVilla
If Ridge goes to the sty I hope he starts giving penalties away again!
myleftfoot
2-0 down after 7 mins!!!!!!!!!! Fingers in ears time again...............
Gazvilla
ASHLEY YOUNG DEBUT GOAL !!!!!!!!!! GET IN!!!!!!!! CAREWS AND THEN BARDLESYS TURN!!!!
Eaton_thevillafan
Carew's hit the post...... arghhhhhhhhhhhh. It's all Villa, oustanding all over the park. Come on the lads!!!!
Gazvilla
Hartley has gone to Celtic. Will this free up Maloney??
Gazvilla
guessing that NC 2 goals were just luck then? or was it villas nerves?
Eaton_thevillafan
It's just the golfing Gods. Had to be Milner scoring and making the second!! Not Bardsleys debut, but what odds for a Young hatrick. Would make 9.6 seem cheap!
CLVilla
COME ON YOUNG COME ON CAREW
Christo
we gotta score another - we are pawning newcastle. dammit this aint fair
Eaton_thevillafan
last minute plz get a goal in the last minute i'll do anything i'll kiss all the guys on Vital Villa just get a goal
Christo
*********. 3 - 1 to em. - they dont deserve it. ********s
Eaton_thevillafan
Form says everything I'm afraid, why everyone predicted a win after the Watford game god only knows. You just don't suddenly become a great team after beating the weakest team in the league
tarzan
I am not being neagative, but the same weaknesses are there. Unfortunately you can't give teams a two goal lead after seven minutes and hope to win away
tarzan
that last minute goal wasn't what I had in mind. for those who have MSN you know what this means :'(
Christo
When will the hurtin' stop...when....when?
Gazvilla
We are very weak in midfield, if Maccan misfires we tend to lose. Also need a bit of pace there. Milner and Dyer have that
tarzan
I hope Ridgewell doesn't go to the scum. That would just top it off tonight
tarzan
Ridgewell to Blues, just like Gera (who played tonight for the Baggies) defo coming to Villa??????????????
mackaavfc
Sky are saying Maloney is coming to us now!
Gazvilla
Thoroughly narked off - for Gods sake MON will you buy a decent defender,and put Barry back to left back and go back to 4-3-3,we are in the poop if West Ham do us.
ASPINALL
the sooner Laursen comes back and stays fit the better. We have looked complete shiite without him.
mackaavfc
I know we lost - but we did look good going forward. Final score was a bit unfair. Carews goal looked ok to me. 54% possession - but 2 silly early goals. We do need a top notch defender. What about a new goalkeeper?
CLVilla
oh the negativity
myleftfoot
Doesn't look too promising on the transfer front at the mo - hour and half to go
myleftfoot
Closed
myleftfoot
maloney signs
Its All Over FC
any news on ridgewell
matt28
Thats it Maloney great
myleftfoot
ridgewell? he was never going to leave surely
Its All Over FC
It will be interesting to see where he plays maloney, may could rest gabby, or push barry back, to left back, or even play him over petrov.
liamo1981
What do we know about Sean Malloney?
col8
We know he's young like the majority of the present team we have. I'm all for youth to build towards the future but we needed at least an experienced midfielder and defender to help us through to the summer.
Hoss The Villain
maloney was the first player to get scottish PFA player of the year and young player of the year, i think scoring 16 goals. Theres a gr8 clip on youtube scoring a scissor kick volley on edge of area. He did his cruciate in 2004.
Its All Over FC
Ho-hum. No more excitment until July now. Hopefully we'll have a bit of excitement on the pitch from now on tho.
DeanoVilla
 

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