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So Who Will Villa Sign - Part 8

The eigth instalment of our summer long gossip column!

We've already had nearly 3 million (ahem) rumours, arguments and links!

So Who Will Villa Sign Pt 7 - Click Here



I must admit I'd hoped we'd have been talking about the great signings we've made by now, instead we are still getting the manager saying they are working hard to bring in new players. Oh well, there is always tomorrow, or the day after I guess! At least we know there is money there to spend once players can be attracted, just got to hope that the fact we aren't in Europe this coming season isn't proving to be a major block on big name arrivals. We need at least one big name to put down a marker for the season surely?

Anyway, here continues the rumours thread on the front page. See a story linking us with a player? Share it with us all. Heard a tenuous link, or seen a player around Villa Park? Let us know! Oh, and although I'll do my best to announce incoming players as soon as possible, if you hear of a signing before I do, wang it on this thread as well.

The January thread ended up with nearly 2000 article comments, spaced over several articles (the limit per article is now 400 after I got it raised, anymore than that and it slows things down too much so I'll change the threads over each time we hit the limit!)

So Far.

Out:

Jlloyd Samuel
Gavin McCann
Lee Hendrie
Robert Olejnik
Stephen Henderson
Aaron Hughes
Steven Davis
Chris Sutton (retirment due to eye damage)
The Djemba Twins

In:

Nigel Reo-Coker from West Ham £8.5m.
Marlon Harewood, from West Ham for around £3.7million.

Eric Lichaj
Harry Forrester




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The Journalist

Writer: J P Fear Mail feedback, articles or suggestions

Date:Wednesday August 1 2007

Time: 3:00PM

Your Comments

No-one
notthedougellisstand
Ha I got the first post lol
notthedougellisstand
....need to add Ste Davies to the players out list
tylervilla
Curtis Davies will come in
KSarge1
I`ve seen alot of Hangeland over the years, and I think we should definately go for him at £3 m. He is a tall, good header of the ball, relatively fast and technically able CB, who can also contribute going forward. Spent a great season at Copenhagen, and played a big part in them qualifying for the CL. He could sort of be resembled to a mix of melly and laursen, with good passing ability..
nikkersen
Red eyes, drool running down my chin, nervous twitch, and im screaming at the computer, " ANYONE *****IN ANYONE". Its been a long summer!!!
silkie villain
i dont care anymore.
Stig
This is part 8 and we only have 2 signings
Villan444
I know we dont need a midfielder but I wouldn't mind eeing David Bently in a Villa shirt He is the next David Beckham in my view
Christo
10 days to go and counting, you've got to admit all you optimists its getting pretty grim now!
eltoro
It's becoming very frustrating watching other teams spend like mad and our squad is dwindling away. I'm normally calm but this is starting to worry me a little.
weller77
yea but its not like we have only bought 2 players and things could be worse we could be Reading who have only bought 1 player and sold there best 2 and have been linked with no one recently
Christo
and the 2 players you have bought are spammers rejects, costing you £12 mil at least!
Jacky B
Reo Coker seems a good buy and we have got a good youth team
Christo
NRC was the Spammers captain and played in thier relegation run in? Rejected ummm
tarzan
I know there's about 10 days until the big kick-off, but isn't there about a month until the transfer window shuts?
lorenzo
yep and as he likes to leave things late maybe we will be given a treat on August 31st
Christo
when man city signed m petrov i was disappointed we didn't go for him. now they are signing bojinov, a great little player. and we sign...NOWT. o'neill seems to be building good morale though. allardyce said it would be a disaster if he signed no one else - surely thats poor man-management!? it can't be building the confidence of the squad.
ric112
Allardyce is a tactical genius :-o
tarzan
We're gonna be lucky to see 1 arrival befor the Liverpool game in my opinion.
DeanoVilla
Whichever way you look at it I think tactically MON has got it wrong. I also think that at this stage of the season we should have played more than 2 games. We are lagging behind on fitness and bonding on the pitch. Unlike other teams MON wants to handle every aspect of the transfer, this has been mentioned by the OS. This makes it all the more galling he was in the USA at a crucial time. Knowing this I feel we should have been more active in the keeper & RB department before we left. We're playing Stoke tonight and if Taylor gets injured where is the keeper coming from for the Milan game. It's Thursday tomorrow! I'm not pessimistic and hope not too negative, just a little bemused. UTV
Gazvilla
i just read something that west ham have spent 22 million and have received 21 million. For some reason it makes me jelous becuase villa should and can spend money like that on good players to push us forward. Every article i read it's about west ham wanting gudjohnson, dyer and now smith. these players apart from dyer should be the players that we should be going in for.
CPAVFC
Yea things like that are worrying
Christo
what happened to son of chers prediction?
bigdiondubs
Dont worry,have patience,stop panicking you doom mongers!!!! No-one / No f@cker / Willo the wisp to sign tomorrow for a dragma and 4 shingles.
ASPINALL
Don't trust any prediction without a sauce...preferably worcester. Seriously theres been not a bean except for tribal tripe and yet man city are about to buy a second outfield team it seems...
villain76
A Dragma and 4 Shingles for Willo! The markets going crazy!
Dannygav
Stoke 0-1 Villa. Berger. Nearly half time.
Adam Deuce
What is goin' on? I would have thought after last season a strong start to the campaign is essential. With the squad we have (which is way weaker this year) a few injuries/loss of form/poor results could mean a dog fight like last year. How can it be ideal to buy players when the season ahs already started? I'm keeping the faith but the lack of info and the percieved drop in expectation levels makes it vey hard. Value for money is only found in results so come on lets spend and get those results.
myleftfoot
VILLA: Taylor, Gardner, Bouma, Cahill, O'Halloran, Reo-Coker, Osbourne, Berger, Petrov, Harewood, Moore. Subs: Bevan, Barry, Maloney, Agbonlahor, Young, Stieber, Lowry.
bazzah
Could be worse, we could pay 7 mill for dier.
morky13villa
Man U 1 - 3 Inter Milan (Interesting I say!)
bazzah
yea great if Man U get destroyed and we neat Inter oh and i'd like to see Steibler get a chance he has just sat on the bench so far
Christo
Looks like Bouma at centre-back - perhaps Matty Taylor is on his way to play left-back!!! OR!!! How about a 3-5-2 with the following: GK (whoever that may be) LCB Bouma CB Laursen RCB Mellberg CM Reo-Coker Petrov Barry LW Young RW Agbonlahor ST Carew Moore. That seems good to me!!! GB, NRC and SP are all decent defensively - if they provide good cover and mix up the attacking duties a little that could be a decent side!!!
deano.avfc
Get in Gabby 2-0 VILLA!
bazzah
Lowry just came on
Christo
deano - I don't think Gabby is a good enough defender to play right-side of a 3-5-2 system - however, didn't Roysten Drenthe say a few weeks back that he knows which club he'll be signing for?? Maybe just maybe....?? ;-)
bazzah
Bevan just came on
Christo
Clean sheets breed confidence as do goals. I'd like to see Harewoord and Maloney find the net before the season gets underway and it wouldn't do Petrov any harm either. I'm hoping Inter put out a strong line-up on Saturday, and provide us a real test to assess how far we have come since the end of last season. UTV!
bazzah
same team against Utd would be good
Christo
BAZZA thats what I mean about the three central midfielders needing to defend. I would imagine on defence GB could drop back a little to cover Bouma and Young. I would hope Petrov or NRC could do the same on the right to cover Mellberg and Agbonlahor. I think the same with the cover out the flanks but I think that is better than having Gardner cover at RB!!! Im my opinion Olejnik, Hughes and even Samuel should have been kept at the club until replacements were bought. Drenthe was linked around the time Hughes left - i fully expected to see on avfc.co.uk that Drenthe was in. I think its daft letting players go for just £1m with no alternatives in the squad.
deano.avfc
Amen deano - you would think so ? Crazy
ASPINALL
bazzah - that team starts with the letter C and ends with the letter i, plays in the colour blue, ground is located in London's west end and has a lunatic for a coach not to mention a russian owner.
myleftfoot
I was listening to the commentary of the match on Villa World tonight and the guy with Jack Woodward was saying that he had interviewed MON yesterday and got the impression that there might not be any new arrivals until after the season starts. Might as well pack this thread up for a week or two!
pongo wearing
So who's gonna say first - oh well I'll get the ball rolling - I expect to see two signings by the end of the week. There you go, I've said it. Got to be right one of these weeks. Right??
myleftfoot
pongo - nooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooo
ASPINALL
Sorry myleftfoot, but how is our squad 'way weaker this year'? The players who have gone have not raised any eyebrows, with the possible exception of Davis, and it sounds as if he didn't really fancy staying unless he was guaranteed a regular place. On the other hand, we start this season (over last August) with Ashley Young, John Carew, Sean Maloney, Nigel Reo-Coker and Marlon Harewood. Sounds like a far stronger squad to me, but maybe I'm having a hot flush! :o)
BobTheBuilder
Sorry Aspinall but it is best to be prepared and if anything does happen it will seem that much better.
pongo wearing
BobTheBuilder - Quality at the mo is far superior - just the numbers are a concern. The other thing is I'm just dissappointed about the lack of quality players being signed. I'll be slightly annoyed if there are no new additions b4 the start of the season as well. I still have faith in MON to come good tho.
myleftfoot
Pongo - I'll be back when the season has started then...unless
myleftfoot
I am convinced that we will sign players before the deadline. All we hear out of Villa Park is the fact that they are working hard to get the right players for the right money. This has to be good although i feel that MON may have to revise what he believes to be the right money. Thanks to a few teams especially West Ham and Spurs the cost of players has definately increased in the closed season. Leaving purchases until late can obviously inflate a player price also as selling clubs thrive on your desperation.
return of godzvilla
Bolton have just signed a 20 yr old Hungarian GK................ Nows the time to go for jussi. Ediur has been left out of the Asia tour with Barca - With Spamdex going after Dyer (apparently Dom King is his agent) we should make a enquiry ay least? - but i know we need a RB. I cant take this!!!!
Eaton_thevillafan
Going on tonights game the right back position really stood out, especially second half when a half decent team would of battered us, Taylor is back up at best, I know it was a makeshift defence but a proper test comes saturday.
silkie villain
One of the articles I read this morning even mentioned Isiah Osbourne did a stint at RB - is that right????
YatesyVillain
"Liam Ridgewell was absent with his move to Blues seemingly imminent." What a joke with no new bodies in. I was also listening to Allardyce aka the "tactical genius" on the radio this morning saying the Toon were after defenders as a No1 priority. What are our scouts up to?
tarzan
Newcastle in for Smith, Blues in for Quedrue, Everton to up bid or Baines, Sunderland back in for Gordon...Everyone's spending cash other than us
tarzan
At least we'll have a great website ready for the new season! Reminds of the Man U fans singing that City are a massive clubbecause have the greatest floodlights in the land.
tarzan
Can anyone tell me what Ian Storey Moore has been doing all close season, He seems to be the least productive scout in England.
silkie villain
Sven's made 5 signings now, his scouts don't seem that fussy! We've just got links out at the moment.
tarzan
This is getting worrying. Surely something is lined up. We can't go into the season without more players coming in. We're threadbare.
weller77
Alot of people on here seem to be doing things like forgeting, Panicing and worrying themselves into an early grave. I would like to point out the forgeting part yes we do have a small yes and yes we have only signed two players but whaqt about our youth squad we have onje of the best youth teams in the country and have alot of good young players in the reserves so maybe were not signing many because Martin wants to put players from the reserve and youth into the first team in last nights game we gave debuts to two young villians and we are going around signing aload of 15 year olds who am sure will be the best or near enough and I know they wont play right away but we just have to wait a few years so its not like nothing is being done. We may have positions in our squad that need filling but maybe Martin O'Neil has made up his mind about who he will put there and its not someone from another club so really am just saying relax am sure everything is under control. ( I did this as an artican but it wouldn't let me post it)
Christo
Christo - wait a few years! If we get even a couple of injuries we could be facing a relegation battle. Our reserve goalie is dodgy and we have two defnders with suspect injury records at best. The only links today are out of VP (Ridgewell and Maloney)
tarzan
angel still not on the out list by the way. 9 out, 2 in. wahay! awesome this new revolution ain't it? christo thats the longest sentence i have ever read...
ric112
*catches a breath*
ric112
lol yea am not much good at writing sentences I went to a really horrible school. and Tarzan as for waiting a few years yes but what I also ment is that the youth that are 18-20 will also be getting into the first team now so maybe that is what Martin is doing but he wil buy other players in that time aswell but unless any of us can turn into flys and go into his office or wherever we will never what what is happening at the moment am sure you wouldn't go shouting to the world what you were leaving your house to buy
Christo
Christo are you suggesting we are going to be capable of challenging for Europe with reserves or academy kids playing in defence? I hope not....
YatesyVillain
Agreed but all our links are out at the moment, that's not good which ever way you dress it up. Newcastle are in for Hangeland too.
tarzan
any RB'S in our youth squad? time to show your worth if it is. our backline looked a tad suspect in america! a tad concerned now. Stu talyor in goal - he is our back up!
Eaton_thevillafan
This thread should have been entitled "So who will Villa sell?".
tarzan
Be honest though - were any of the people we've shipped out (With the exception of Steven Davis) - worth a place on our bench even?
The Usual Suspect
I just HAVE to hold on to the (grasping) thought that if we were not in for even a sniff around Young that HAS to mean MON has something better lined up - I really can't believe that we wouldn't have been in for him at this stage if there wasn't another alternative already in the bag. Not at 2.5mil...surely.
YatesyVillain
I would say Hughes is worthy of a place in the team mate at the moment, not just on the bench.
YatesyVillain
See MON's transfer dealing's at Celtic, very interesting reading. He wasn't one for spending cash at all, Sutton, Thompson, Lennon and Hartson only deals of note. He spent nothing after they got to the UEFA cup final, which really got the Celtic fans back up. All his deals must be tempered with the fact they already had Larsson at the club when he arrived. If you go to 2004 he signed nobody really (other than loan deals). http://www.soccerbase.com/transfers_by_team.sd?teamid=512
tarzan
Well no but we do have a great squad but Yatesy to beingso negative and keep the faith
Christo
Well no but we do have a great squad but Yatesy stop being so negative and keep the faith (dont know what happened there with my post above)
Christo
Aaron hughes was only slightly better than having no fit RB. Soon we'll have a better option.
The Usual Suspect
I'm not being negative at all Christo - if you see one of my recent posts i'm actually quite positive about the state of the team - i.e. our starting eleven (minus of course a recognised RB). I absolutely take issue with your statement though that we have a great squad - that's very naive IMO. If that's the case then please explain to me why we were playing Osbourne at RB last night against Stoke?
YatesyVillain
i agree with the statements above our squad is woefully inadequate. with a couple of hungry challenges from the pool we are in serious trouble, no two ways about it. We need players and hoping that MON might buy someone is clutching at dwindling straws.
villain76
I can't believe people are saying we've got a strong squad!
tarzan
Starting to get the feeling that something is fianlly going to happen on the transfer front. Ridgewell isn't going to be let go if we don't have a replacement lined up to bolster defence, and the links with Hoyte are encouraging as he's probably 'gettable'. Fingers crossed it's all about to kick off...
YatesyVillain
I can't believe we didn't stump up the additional 2 mill and go for Smith, ahead of Marlon! I agree, something must be agreed with other players if we are letting Ridge go.
In MON we trust!
Interesting articles in the TimesOnline - the 50 best buys ever and the 50 worst. Villa sadly appear to have a fair few in the worst buys column, but we do have a few good ones too (e.g. Withe, Platt), and that includes 1 in the top 10 buys ever - GOD himself!! No guesses for the one that makes it into the top 10 worst buys.....come on in at number 8 Bosko Balaban. Thanks for coming! The...links are within the article on a banner... //www.timesonline.co.uk/tol/sport/football/premiership/aston_villa/article2186504.ece
YatesyVillain
man city signed three players today one a brazilian why are they finding it so easy to sign players???? everyone says we dont have european football but neither do they or west ham
VillaMalta
What with Ridge looking set to go and the uncertainty over Maloney, this has gone from the most eagerly anticipated seasons in recent years to one of fear for me, i pray im wrong!
silkie villain
smith to newcastle great!!!!
VillaMalta
Ireally do not understand what is happening, Ridge going rumours again of Maloney going, and we are not buying anyone. I am getting really worried for next season.
LITTLE 77
No silkie villian i think you are right. I supported MON bot I think he might be out of his depth
LITTLE 77
I think the Maloney rumour is probably rubbish. Ridge can go ONLY if we have a suitable replacement lined up....maybe Merv Hughes?
YatesyVillain
Picture the scene, Redscouse have just hit us for five, the camera aproaches a chuckling Randy and Martin only for them to peel off prosphetic masks to reveal Deadly and O'Leary, Ahhhhhhhhhhh!!!!! I really must stop watching films!
silkie villain
What the ***** is going on ? Now Ridgewell looks like he is going. We are not going to have a squad of 16 let alone 20 by the time the season starts. I am really****ed off with the whole situation now. Sven started at Man City three weeks ago and has signed 6 players in that time. MON stated that he wanted a full pre-season to do what he wants, well here it is and he has far reduced one of the smallest squads in the Premiership to even fewer. Now I agree that majority of the players that have moved would not be part of the first team squad anyway but its not looking like a msterplan now. As for MON being the messiah we must be *****ing mental.
notthedougellisstand
Maccan, Ridgewell, Davis & Hughes are adequate back up players. The most worrying scenario is no recognised goalkeeper and the Maloney situation.
tarzan
Only O'Neil knows Yatesy maybe he wanted to try him in that position not because he has no one else
Christo
I think were starting to twig, ' The emporer is naked'!!!
silkie villain
Come on this is getting serious no more wait and see, this has been a complete disaster MON and the board have dropped us right in it. No more players must be sold
LITTLE 77
eh? We've got a GK Tarzan, albeit not a top notch one. Most worrying for me is RB, and then purely just lack of numbers in the squad. Surely something has to be done now...it's definitely getting a bit hairy now eh? To me (ever the optimist) the position is starting to look so bad now that I can only think it is a sure sign that things are already in motion to boost the numbers up at last! Having said that, it is definitely squeaky bum time. My @rse is so squeaky i'm in danger of sounding like Michael Jackson......
YatesyVillain
last august I thought to myself in one year time we are going to be singing the happy days song
Christo
Yatesy we have spent the whole summer thinking that things are going to start happening and they have not. We could not get the players we wanted and there is no plan B. It is a disgrace
LITTLE 77
We dont deserve to have O Neil as manager we deserve O leary.The sentiments being expressed by some fans now are proof that this club is rubbish at the core,and despite the best efforts of others we will inevitably struggle when we have supporters with **** for brains.So fickle it hurts.
Pking
And we could all dress up like The Fonz... What? not the same song? Doh!!!
silkie villain
Not fickle just saying what needs to be said, the board talked about world class signings and MON talked about having a full pre season with them, well unless I have been asleep neither of these have happened, have they???
LITTLE 77
We better start gettting busy, or else we are gonna be up s....h....i....t street.
weller77
The window ends in a month not today,Im gettin worried now too,but when people start saying O Neil is out of his depth or implying that he's made a mess of the job when he clearly hasn't,the current team seems to be developing a great team spirit.
Pking
Yea I guess am not happy about the board saying things about world class signings and not giving us them unless they call Reo Coker and Dinglewood World Class And using the word fickle folks I think we have David O'Leary here I guess he dont have much to do now he has no job
Christo
Well I think he has made a mess of the summer dealings, no other club has sold like us without bringing additional players in, we seem to be an easy touch for other clubs. We were told things by both the board and manager that have not happened. We have tried tried to get players but they would not come or we will not pay wages/transfer fees. We are in a very bad way and each day that passes it gets worse. The buck stops with Martin and the board.
LITTLE 77
I said fickle once?That word not allowed anymore?
Pking
yea its allowed lol its just became a huge word when O'Leary used it
Christo
pking, you can call people fickle if you like but that does not hide the fact that last season MON said reason for bad run was not helped bt small squad. DOL said it all the time. The squad is smaller now yes or no? There is still time but in my opiouches to the squadnion (fickle) these players should be in, and we should be putting the finishing t
LITTLE 77
That should continue to say "touches to the squad."
LITTLE 77
http://www.skysports.com/story/0,19528,11095_2637401,00.html
VillaMalta
Has there been any comment on the Maloney situation from the club?
tarzan
It was denied last month but things change!
LITTLE 77
good link villa malta
The Usual Suspect
hangelands agent is in b'ham for talks with villa, ssn.
Stig
Oh well thats good news
Christo
Well the way we are conducting transfers it might happen in the January window!!!
LITTLE 77
I must say, i prefer the old sky sports website layout. This new one is a little unwieldy for me.
The Usual Suspect
Little - relax, smoke a phat one. all will be well.
The Usual Suspect
all new things are like that but am sure you will get used to it I found it strange also
Christo
Seriously TUS I am really worried at the moment for next season.
LITTLE 77
I admit we might have a bad spell like we did last season but I can see alot of results and maybe less draws but we may go abit higher then we did last season in the table
Christo
Little - IF MON is done signing players then we will be in for a bumpy ride. I believe he isn't done. He has gone on the record as saying we need a RB and hopefully 2 further players (Probably a keeper and a CB). He wouldn't state this in the press if he isn;t aware of the situation and making moves to rectify it. Time will tell if i am correct or not, but I'm confident he'll get the players in. It would have been nice to get them in sooner, i'll agree - but it aint like buying a cd.
The Usual Suspect
True TUS and I hope that there is loads going on. Really we cant do anything but support him, he is the manager and a very good manager BUT I am worried and I do wish/think some things could have been sorted better, thats all.
LITTLE 77
I thik we all do but am sure this time next month we will be saying oh man I cant believe we were all worrying
Christo
Hmmmmm I have a relly bad feeling that we wont!!
LITTLE 77
Kilmarnock have criticised Celtic for offering 2 mill for Naismith, having it accepted and then no contact. It is believed this is because they are at advanced stages with Maloney! A fee of 1 mill is suggested. They ripped us off for Petrov so why should we sell for 1 mill. We got him cheap because he had a year left.
Gazvilla
The line-up for the Liverpool game will probably feature Olly at RB up against Babbel who apparently flying at pool. I don't fancy that because it will mean one of the CB's won't be Olly! Whether it's Laursen, Cahill, Bouma or Hangeland, backed by Taylor in goal. This shouldn't have happened.
Gazvilla
We should not sell Maloney very disappointed if he goes we can not let another player leave I am seriously p****d off with the club
LITTLE 77
ridgewell and Maloney will be the last two players we sell this year am sure we will not sell anyone else
Christo
HA HA there is no one left to sell!!!!!!!
LITTLE 77
How sure are we Maloney is going?? He was quoted as saying he wanted to stay - I cant see it happening.
deano.avfc
Well I dont really want him to go but one of you said before that he has a bad attitude
Christo
Oh and it also looks like Celtic are using the link to their advantage to force the Naismith price down.
deano.avfc
We are not but nothing would surprise me at the moment
LITTLE 77
Christo - thats been my thoughts all along. I aint even broken a sweat yet!
The Usual Suspect
were you the one who said he own a bar and had Maloneyas a guest and he hardly said a word and told small Villa fans to F off when asked for an autograph or something
Christo
Christo - that weren;t me, though i read it with interest.
The Usual Suspect
Charles Itandje - any good?
tarzan
oh ok . Cant be bothered going back to see who it was infact ive forgot which it was under
Christo
Maloney goes we sign Taylor from Pompey.Ridge goeswe get the giant norwegian.Hoyte is playin in Amsterdam for the Arse at the moment so dont see him comin. We were linked with a couple of porto defenders maybe they are still in the pipe line. Roysten is also still an option i think it would hindge on wot Chelsea do with the Robben/alves saga.If maloney and ridge go i Demand immediate replacements,so the squad is still at the ame strengh,then come the end of th month i want to see a min of two more players(GK and RB)
sk1nner80
Anyone fancy Kewell think he is into the final year of his contract.Davis from the baggies must be an option too dont have faith in laursens long term fitness sorry to say.
sk1nner80
hmmm Kewell might be worth the buy but am not 100% on it
Christo
kewell? he looks like he'd rather be painting his nails than playing football. Injury prone players not high on the list.
villain76
Painting his nails? well we dont know that for sure thats just a rumour started by his wife lol
Christo
Djemba twins have now left Villa park "By Mutual Consent".....yeah right. Begone waster.
evoflash
Kewell no no and thrice no. We do not need anymore players ask Martin!!!
LITTLE 77
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eltoro
now Djemba Djemba is gone?where do we go from here?
Pking
Buying a player is like buying a house, there seems to be a chain and when we sell one the chain breaks down. It does seem as though the higer middle teams dont want to sell to us, that is a good sign.
morky13villa
sorry thats higher not higer
morky13villa
Looks like Ridge is on his way,Im *****ed off with the lack of signings aswell.But there has to be more on the way.I like the idea of more young players breaking through this season,how good is our acadamy compared to other clubs?Is just because our squad has always been small?
Pking
Thats what ive been saying
Christo
Im not saying MoN is doing a bad job though..
Pking
Nah he i doing great and I believe he will still be here in 4 years time
Christo
Even Itandge, who's agents are in Blighty, is linked to Espanyol who are playing Derby on Saturday. So we can't even say he's coming just to see us. He can't be that good as he's 3rd choice at his club but if he's there to replace Olenjik (?) then he's got a chance to develop. Unfortunately, he looks like he'll be on the bench against Liverscouse and is only one game away from taking over from Taylor should he get injured!
Gazvilla
OK, so official site (with quotes from MON) says Ridge is definitely off if he passes a medical at the Blues, and also says Maloney story is rubbish.
YatesyVillain
personally im very disappointed with the transfer window so far - its almost impossible not to be. However, i don't think MON is as ridiculously stupid as he is making himself out to be. he MUST have something up his sleeve. i still think we will get at least 3 and probably more players in before end of transfer window. i just hope there's no more harewood moments, i don't think i could handle that...
ric112
three days ago i called Bosingwa, Hangeland and Jussi as "likely". the word is still this, but a slight whisper for Gordon has re-emerged. bit of negativity creeping through the site, little 77 is really on one, and others. seriously do we think that MON and RANDY are that clueless?
leftfoot
Just had a little snippet from a mate in the know. Early rumours that Villa are preparing a press conference for this afternoon. No mor information at the moment. I will keep you updated.
Dannygav
O'Neill has been back since Monday. He's probably been working hard on new players, and has been saying "let's get this sorted out by the end of the week"......I reckon things might just happen today.
evoflash
My neighbour has told me that the deal for Hangeland will be agreed either today or over the weekend. Fee of £3.75m. He works at the club and reckons it is a done deal. He isn't usually wrong on these things but I continue to wait with baited breath.
notthedougellisstand
lol sorry guy who aint Doug but I dont think many ppl believe I have a friend who blah blah blah anymore there are just to many false ones started
Christo
Name him notthedougellisstand, so we can hammer the unfortunate should his promised signing not materialise. Dannygav is in the know too. How come that I know someone who has worked at VP for almost thirty years now, holds a decent position there, yet is never able to feed me such exciting little gems???
glensider
your friend might not be nosey or want to lose his job. hmmm maybe next summer I'll get a job at VP or maybe get a medium
Christo
I agree about the 'my friend' comments but you will see from the post that even I am sceptical. Just thought you may be interested in this information. I just hope it turns out to be true.
notthedougellisstand
Yea me 2 and as its alread y been on sky sports news I say its 90% true
Christo
I was in the supermarket getting cut price hula hoops and met my mates mums auntie who says that on the day when the sun reaches its highest point, and in the sky released be 32 red balloons only then will three new villa players be unveiled. The names haagen-dazs, (i'll take that as hangeland), juice (jussi) and value heinze (possibly cheap german player) were revealed to her as she wandered the transfer aisle. Mad as a bag of frogs mind but always ******ily correct. You heard it here first.
villain76
S.p.o.o.k.i.l.y censored? the worlds gawn mad!
villain76
Glensider I just thought I would share the information. If it comes to nothing then have a go. Is your friend the cleaner?
Dannygav
Lets hope he signs players today, but please MON no talk during the season about players arriving late
LITTLE 77
Of course, 'this afternoon's press conference' could be to announce the departure of Dj-Dj and Ridge ... ;-)
BobTheBuilder
I think that is highly unlikely BobtheBuilder.
notthedougellisstand
And Delaney!
tarzan
Just read on skysports transfer rumour page that someone said ' I have just seen Wesley Sneijder at Villa Park'.....who said it - K Brady. Cheeky bluenose scum!!
deano.avfc
Oh dear Deano. But the news about Delaney isn't promising. Some of my Celtic & Scouse mates were more excited about CL draw this morning, I wish we were in there.
tarzan
Thats it thats what the press conference is for they have to say double D has gone he was like our greatest player ever lol
Christo
I know we can take the p*ss out of Delaney and Djemba leaving - I am of the opinion that you need two players at least in any one position. I can understand letting Djemba go as of last season Petrov, Barry, Osbourne, Gardner, Davis, Hendrie and now Reo-Coker would have had to be injured to get a game. But look at the other releases - Hughes, Ridgewell and Davis would admittedly have one player preferred to them but they are certainly second choice in their positions. I dont think those three should have been sold. Also, I would be a lot happier if Olejnik was on the bench v Liverpool than Bevan!!! Lets just hope we can have two per position by season kickoff!
deano.avfc
Looks like the Ridgewell deal has hit a snag - cool!! Even if he goes eventually - at least he has made it difficult!!! Also check this MON quote ""How many? It is hard to say but by the end of the window I would not want to be outnumbered in the sense of who has gone out and who has come in, so we have a few to bring in."" Happy days!!
deano.avfc
I dont know why we got rid of Olejnik
Christo
Is there a press conference tonight?
KSarge1
Ive heard rumours but dont know if its true if there is one its likely to be at 18:00 which is 20:00
Christo
I would have thought that it would have been anounced by now if there was going to be one.
KSarge1
read that deano and had a wee chuckle to myself,that would mean somewhere in the region of 7 players in before end of august,happy days indeed.i would be happy with 4 or 5. UTV
Belfast Villain
The prices will start falling once players who are bench warmers (i.e Defore) start to get disgruntled with the first 3/4 games of the season. So if anybody knows if there is a press conference tonight or not please let me know one way or another, as i had a good feeling about today.
KSarge1
wouldn't have thought so, we would have known about signings by now surely
tarzan
MON quotes giving me a lot of re-assurance..."The fans will think we are losing some players and the reinforcements have not come in - but they will be there," he said. "I would be expecting a bit of quality in between now and the end of August," he added. Sweet.
YatesyVillain
Blues canceled their press conference due to ridgewell not signing today, like buying a house.
KSarge1
As O'Neil is a nice guy am sure h i8s telling the truth he aint really the lying sort
Christo
Yes just read the quote and he is saying what we want to hear and accepting that we as fans are getting a bit jumpy, so more than others. We have to support him and hopefully he will get it right.
LITTLE 77
He may be telling the truth but they should be here by now. Anyone who says they are not disappointed with the transfer window is lying. Alos don't think I am only saying this because we haven't signed world class players. I'm not I didn't expect World Class players to join us but I am disappointed that we haven't signed more quality players to improve the team even further.
notthedougellisstand
Ridge has just signed for Blues. I think ourselves and Arsenal are the slowest movers in the transfer market (in terms if buying players).
tarzan
Ridgewell has officially gone, are we now going to get an announcement of a press conference i wonder? I think maybe not as they have released the interview with MON stating that many players will be coming in helped soften the blow of another player leaving Villa Park. Well if i am honest i thought he lacked pace which in all fairness is a top priority for a defender in the Premier League.
KSarge1
Reading and Wigan aint done too much
Christo
Even after all this time the suspense is killing me. notthedougellisstand - MON does it the Wenger way, very conservative, but minimises the risk
tarzan
Looks like Ridgewell's gone, so what going to be the next poll?
Quania
So you're not disappointed then Tarzan ?
notthedougellisstand
I tried to post a poll on who will get relegated next season but it wouldn't let me post for some reason
Christo
Next Poll should be - Who will be playing right back next saturday? Isiah Osbourne Olof Mellberg Craig Gardner Or someone else?
KSarge1
notthedougellisstand - I'm up and down to be honest, I'm glad we've dodged certain players I thought we'd sign. I'm worried about the goalkeeping and RB postions. Most importantly I'd like one big name, but they don't come along without Europe.
tarzan
I know lots of women who go up and down.
notthedougellisstand
Not my Jane I hope! Kasper Schmeichel is off to Hearts, could we be lining up a bid for Flash Gordon?
tarzan
Thought Tarzan had a thing with Cheetah the chimp
notthedougellisstand
Woman who go up and down oh please point me in that direction where they are lol
Christo
8 days to go and another one bites the dust! oh how we pessimists laugh in the face of those optimists;)
eltoro
squad numbers just released with numbers 2, 12, 14, 15, 16, 17, 18 all left vacant - we can but dream that means 7 signings intended!
doctorvilla
If not looks like i'll have a list of numbers to choose from to put on my shirt
Christo
i can see the rush for harewood number 9 now...
doctorvilla
lol yea but I'd rather have a empty squad number on my shirt
Christo
I know not strictly transfer related but the song Will He Won't He seems quite appropriate fo us at the moment!: http://www.myspace.com/matchdayminstrel
Miss_Aston
Im not trying to stir but I cant believe how quiet people are, we sttart the season very very soon with no RB and poor cover every where else. Ok the window does not shut for a while but what happens if Liverpool and Newcastle beat us because the defence is poor? Those six points could be massive. The players should have been here by now playing with the team learning how we do things. MON is a great manager on many fronts BUT he has messed up big time in the transfer window. If Doug had sold this many players and only got 2 in we would all be goinfg mad, wake up people!!
LITTLE 77
Quiet? I thought people on here were starting world war 3 over it
Christo
No Dannygav, I can assure you that my friend is not the cleaner, but holds a highly responsible position within the Villa Park staff. Of course you have to take my word on that, just as I guess you have to do when I say I'm not a liar. Anyhow, this has nothing to do with my friend, a very close friend I hasten to add, it has to do with my disbelief of people who claim to have heard this or that from a friend of a friend who knows the guy who runs the Villa players post game bath water.
glensider
Christo lots have got claret and blue glasses on and MON knows best all will be ok. Who is going tomorrow? Any chants about not buying players? any banners asking questions? No of course not. You can question people you know
LITTLE 77
Nah aint going but will be on here and if O'Neil says were getting players in then i believe him and if he dont GET THE TORCHES AND SOME WATER TO PUT HIS PANTS OUT
Christo
Yep ok we all want to believe him but dont you think its all to late??
LITTLE 77
to be honest yea I'd rather have players in before august and playing pre sean because last year we did that with Petrov and didn't see the gbest of him same goes for the winter window aswell
Christo
Correct Sir, and I have a horrible feeling this will come back to haunt us
LITTLE 77
You mean with the players we sign this august? I think Reo Coker will be ok but he did train late so that can be a 50/50
Christo
LITTLE 77 - Why is too late? The nucleus of the team is there - with the addition of a right back and goalkeeper. The rest I would sugest will be squad reinforcements
myleftfoot
£8 million offer to WBA for Curtis Davies ? Daily Mail reports...!
deemz
Have a funny feeling we may be behind the Ghaly incident.MON doing the last min hi-jack stunt again.Would we want the mad egyptian in or team? Mon said he was playin cat and mouse with clubs with the over inflated prices.Im thinkin Davis Gordon Taylor Snider. All their clubs have seemed willing to sell but at a high price, though pompy seemed unwilling to sell Taylor they would be able to go after Yakubu with a health profit from Tayls.Wot you guys think about the ramblings of an insane man.
sk1nner80
hope the davis thing is true.
Pking
I don't think we've anything to do with Ghaly...think the man's just a complete knob jockey by the sounds of things....
YatesyVillain
Curtis Davis from West Brom, can he play Right Back?
col8
Havent heard "knob jockey" for years. Brilliant. 10 out of 10 Yatesy. PMSL.
PBAVFC
Links in media with Rosenior as our new choice for RB - Im a bit way of this one - would much rather have had Young or Boswinga!
deano.avfc
Is Curtis worth the money we are offering?
Christo
Yeah - Im a fan of Davies - Wenger is a fan, O'Neill is a fan. Young, English, club-captain seems tailor-made for Villa!!! He could learn so much from Laursen and Mellberg and could make a solid partnership with Cahill for years to come!! At this stage yeah £8m is a great deal in my opinion. Lets announce a GK and RB asap!!
deano.avfc
well the story is Randys had a tattoo of the Villa somewhere on is bod, well done randy thats better than naming stands after yourself, I had my first tattoo of the villa at 8.30 am, the sunday mornining after we won the league 80-81, in a little shop in Blackpool, then someyears later I had my second one done in croydon, that one was the last badge, now I'm booked in for next week (weymouth) for the new one, anyone else got a villa tattoo in a weird place, a mate of mine has VILLA tattooed on the inside of his bottem lip! ***** I bet that stung!
eltoro
oh and by the way Davies, good signing, like the idea of all these good young English kids coming to the Villa
eltoro
Sorry,i was wrong about signing Willo the wisp,however i was correct with no-one and no-f@cker plus i think the currency is dracma not dragma.All is ok in the media today though because Randy has a Villa tattoo on his leg.BTW Davies for 8m is a joke.
ASPINALL
Cannot really say anything bad about Ghaly as he has turned the blues down, so I say he is a genius.
KSarge1
http://www.astonvilla.vitalfootball.co.uk/article.asp?a=500045 Sign the players up yourself!!!!!!!!
The Fear
Don't know much about Fulham right-back Liam Rosenior, any good?
The Fear
You may remember his Paps - Leroy? He can play left or preferred right and he is very decent.
ASPINALL
nothing came of this "rumoured" press confrence in the end then? Davies for 8 mil! not bad at all! like the price to be lower tho. And no sell on clause like they did with Ugo. hope we sign a GB and RB real soon. Rosenior would be ideal squad cover. try for 3mil perhaps?
Eaton_thevillafan
Carson didnt travel with the pool 'injured' any chance its all false and we are in negotiations with him? Guess we will see wot Stu Taylor is made of this afternoon.Rosenior seems to give 100% and is consistant for Fulham just dont like the fact he straps his wrists up like a wrestler. Davis is worth 8mill and considerin thenew Villa Badge my self but in Black/Grey/White not a big fan of coloured Tats.
sk1nner80
sk1nner80 that sounds promising with Carson but I think Craig Gordon will be announced as our player soon. Hearts have made a season-loan bid for Kasper Schmeichel. Roy Keane has suddenly dropped interest in him and is after Kusczack instead. Does this mean he is on his way?? If he isnt confirmed today I will be watching Hearts v Hibs with interest - if he doesnt play - will he be ours?? If the shirt, gloves etc. go into the crowd as a farewell - will he be ours??
deano.avfc
deano i seriously hope thats the case. Carson has one decent season in a seriosly *****re chalton side - now commands about 6 to 8 mil i believe - he could dislodge that donkey bewteen the England goal posts. My opinion is still out on gordon!
Eaton_thevillafan
I want Taylore from Newcastle he showed huge guts at the u21 championships
Christo
anyone see snijders goal on sky sports? WOW is all i can say love to see him in the claret and blue.
sk1nner80
I really want to see him too but I sadly get the feeling that wont happen but maybe next year who knows but if we did get him he would be one of the best players we have ever signed even better then Belaban
Christo
Better than Dejemba x2????
sk1nner80
ooooo good point o well we'll just have to see if we sign if if he is better
Christo
Just watchin the 20/20 cricket and some bloke from ASDA is the umpire??? those cricket boys are Wacky!
sk1nner80
Dont follow cricket but I hear that there is always trouble at the 20/20 matches because they try and make it more fun with things for the kids and beer for the adults to try and make ppl go but only thing is nobody is watching the cricket and the ppl there get to drunk and stuff and all hell breaks lose
Christo
Some bloke just got hit in the nuts always makes me laugh! They even have the cheek to have a cricket am on in the mornings! Desperation.The real thing will be back soon though sadly without the Legend that is LOVEJOY.
sk1nner80
Is there coverage of the inter game on anywhere?on radio maybe?does anyone know?
Pking
Everyone laughs at that unless it happens to them. Yea he has gone to do Soccer USA instead which is really called the David Beckham show
Christo
Dont know about any coverage, im off to play some footy and naturaly i will wear the number 6 shirt and play in the center mid position where a certain Mr Barry destroyed a few teams last season.
sk1nner80
Roysten Drenther is on sky sports xtra their game against porto.
sk1nner80
Its on Setanta sports 1 after 5-Villa V Inter
sk1nner80
cant be bothered paying just to see highlights
Christo
Scottish Journalist and buddy of Gordon has just said on Talksport that he`s coming to us.
ASPINALL
good stuff aspinall,was just listening to that then got bored and changed channel,obviously thats what i missed ffs,unbelievable!
Belfast Villain
MY GOD im pleased MON has the transfer ethics he has - Blades have just signed beatte for 4 mil ?!? now thats a waste! - so we could be signing gordon?
Eaton_thevillafan
IF we bring in Gordon he will be a massive plus. A mate of mine is a big hoops fan and knows Scottish footie and rates him very highly. Davis ok 8million is way over the top but so was young, petrov, NRC, bent, bellamy, etc,etc,. I would be pleased with those two plus the RB of course
LITTLE 77
Did anyone happen to see Jaaskelinan, Carson, Gordon, Boswinga, Davies, Haageland, Wright-Phillips, Sneijder etc. in the stands or boxes today?????
deano.avfc
Saw double D on a street corner begging for money
Christo
3-0 boys thats impressive.Was it a strong Inter team? in that i mean did we do wot UTD couldnt?
sk1nner80
I think we did and ive got a big smile on my face at the moent which normally means something bad will happen in a minute lol
Christo
Wll the bar codess are at it again pulling the deal to sell dyer at the last minute.Curbs said he has never heard of this happin well Alan you were clearly out of a job when they did the exact same thing with milner the tossers.
sk1nner80
villa tore them apart,has to be seen to be believed! unbelievable. UTV
Belfast Villain
I wanna see but but dont have Setanta
Christo
no worry - i imagine the goals will be on Utube V.soon - tho it would be good to see the game in full!
Eaton_thevillafan
Setanta is pretty good I think.
Pking
Ridgewell scored for Birmingham also.
Pking
My mother wont let me have it ughh
Christo
Snijder is starting against the Arse think he will bang one up them!
sk1nner80
lol yea I hope he sticks it up the arse but it be nice if he did it in a Villa shirt
Christo
Can't believe the Dye fiasco, but I've a feeling it may have been money owed to greedy boy. Any news or gossip? Is Sunday a day off for us transfer wise?
tarzan
I'd like to have a go at Newcastle but cant realy as its a different chairman and manager from last year
Christo
Just seen the reason for them pulling the plug on the transfer, West Ham "boasting" the deal had gone through. I had the Gordon link earlier in this thread, just call me "Mystic Tarzan"! Any more developments on the Davies front? Anyone go any baggies mates in the know?
tarzan
Daily Mirror is saying we've put in a 7mill bid for Gordon raising to 9mill with add-ons. Davies again mentioned but nothing on Hangeland? Rosenior again mentioned but nothing on Boswinga. Itanga's agents are also in the country as are Hangelands. If they were at VP yesterday they will wanna come!
Gazvilla
There was a rumour flying about the other day about Delaney retiring, does anybody know anything about this? If he does surely we would then need two right backs, maybe Rosenior and Boswinga, or Hoyte. Hell, at the moment I'd even take Bardsley back!
Jon.H
heard a rumour carew has gone awol, i hope its bullshhhhhhit
Stig
I think its retiring or dropping down to play for Cardiff at the end of his two-month extended contract. Hence the vacant Number 2 shirt at the club.
deano.avfc
Something doesn't seem right about the Carew situation, i hope im wrong but ive got a gut feeling that he may be looking elsewhere.
silkie villain
I've read one of the reports that seemed to suggest MON was mumbling a bit when asked about Carew, but eventually came out and said he had an injury. I agree....does sound like there could be some 'smoke' there, but I can't for the life of me understand why he would want to leave now?? Unless of course he just can't settle....I guess he does seem to have a touch of the gypsy blood in him! Hope it's all rubbish.
YatesyVillain
http://news.bbc.co.uk/sport2/hi/football/teams/w/west_bromwich_albion/6932245.stm interesting maybe this means we are about to secure Davies
VillaMalta
gordon and davies looking like it might happen. hangeland gone quiet. portugal connection says bosingwa still in frame. not sure about that.
leftfoot
Just hope these players are in before the Liverpool game, wouldn't want to have a bad start in the league just because we were a couple of players short, what a difference Davies and Gordon would make to our back line! 2 more club captains on board not bad eh!
eltoro
Heard on Talk Sport this morning that we are set to splash out £25m on two players, they didn't say who they were. when i see it happen then i will beleive! thought we played well on Saturday, RB and GK are a must, i just don't feel confident with Taylor between the sticks. Yet again it was a cracking atmosphere to follow on from the Shef utd game, we need it to be a ground that ALL teams hate to come to, our home form will help to grab a european place. UTV
*Holte*End*Star*
Gudjonssen & Sneijder...WOOHOO!!!
bentonm
That be nice spending that much on 2 players but doubt it will happen but if it does thyen am gonna go somewhere in my town naked
Christo
http://news.bbc.co.uk/sport2/hi/football/teams/h/heart_of_midlothian/6932931.stm he has to choose us over sunderland
VillaMalta
Yea who wouldn't choose us over him even someone a sandwich short of a picnic would choose us over him
Christo
Gordon in talks with both us and Sunderland. I would have thought he will choose Villa but if he wants to stay closer to Scotland then SUnderland may have the advantage. However, I believe we have the advantage with wages. Should be interesting, if he does choose Sunderland over us then that is a massive kick in the teeth for everyone associated with the club.
notthedougellisstand
if he does choose them over us then he lacks ambition and we dont want him or need him.hand him a video of inter match to look at and see what superior players we have over sunderland and i would be amazed if he choose them over us,relegation or going for europe? hard question.......................................................NOT!!!!! UTV
Belfast Villain
Gordon is at Sunderland having a medical.....ffs what are we doing?!"?!?!?!?
In MON we trust!
who told you he's at sunderland havinga medical??
VillaMalta
its on ssn about him being at sunderland, he is having a medical, but he hasnt signed yet, according to the bbc he has permission to talk to both us and sunderland. who knows it might be all bull *****e and we may not of even made a bid.
Stig
His agent has also just confirmed it....this is just getting rediculous!
In MON we trust!
How have we lost out to Sunderland???? So much for leaving things late - maybe the team who has chased him longer and seemingly 'wanted him more' may get him - maybe he thinks MON is only interested coz Sorensen is injured??? However, Harewood was more or less in a Wigan shirt when he came to us. Please let this be the same too - show him the training ground, show him the trophy cabinet, show him the Inter game on tape, let him talk to Petrov and Maloney who made the move down. Come on Gordon!!!
deano.avfc
wasnt he at villa park a couple of times last season??? if thats the case then i'm sure its not that we left it to late. I think it could be that as both offers have been accepted then it would make sense for him to have his medical while he is there especially as the season begins on saturday.
VillaMalta
Oh well We'll take Jussi
Christo
Nothing on BBC Sport or Sky Sports websites to say that Gordon has agreed anything with Sunderland
notthedougellisstand
If we lose Gordon to Sunderland we will be a laughing stock.
notthedougellisstand
Eatsleep sports.com say reports suggest he's having a medical a sunderland.
Pking
He aint agreed anything he is just having a medical
Christo
Don't believe EatSleepSports, its nearly as bad as Tribal Football.
notthedougellisstand
I hope so.They dont say what reports.
Pking
I just saw it on SSN :(
Pking
SkySports.com state Gordon is in talks with only one club.
notthedougellisstand
his agent has confirmed it,why would he be having a medical if he's not joining them.
Pking
he wouldn't sign for sunderland until he speaks to MON and see's the facilities and if he chooses Sunderland a team which has an inferior training ground an inexperienced manager and more than likely will get relegated then errrrm Sunderland can keep him coz he must be retarded
VillaMalta
Cloughie had a tactic of not letting the player leave till he signed.I think Keano is locking him in a broom cubord as we speak.
Pking
I have to say Villa are one of the sides, that I would be looking over my shoulder to see what they were doing. With MON I would of thought you've had no probblem attracting players, you bought well in Jan. But have not pushed on, you must be concern watching Citeh, Spammers, Pompey, the Toon & ourselves. Strengthening our squad, and no activity at Villa Park
Topspur1
After all the optimism of Saturday's result, this really will be a kick in the teeth for everyone. Although I think Jaaskelianen is a better option, this would have been a real signal of intent. Very disappointing if he doesn't join.
notthedougellisstand
Nobody is concerned by the lack of activity in fact thats the first time that issue has been raised on this web site.
Pking
It is very frustrating Topspur.
notthedougellisstand
I agree about Jussi
Christo
Topspur1 we have signed the worlds best striker in harewood, Oh and a player aka Reo-Coker. For £12.5m :O, And the imitant arvial of davies and gordan for £17m. Thats £30m gone and we just need a RB now and maybe a squad player and we are sorted.
Newman
mate half the players citeh have bought were flops in other countries who no ones ever heard of. The Toon have a squad smaller than ours. The spammers are selling the player that kept them up and have sold us their captain fantastic and have bought players that fit in with their ethos of being immoral cheating dirty ********s. Pompey i must admit have spent some good money on good players and will be the team to watch out for this year and we have started doing what Spurs started doing 2-3 years back and buying young talented players though we would rather keep our team british. Admittedly abit bemused that we havent strenghtened more this summer but it will all come good
VillaMalta
Has anyone seen Craig Gordon actually filmed at the Sunderland Training ground?
KSarge1
Some of the players Citeh bought are good but Sven bought most of them after watching videos of them.
Pking
the wierd concern about this 'medical' story is that gordon may not see himself as number one at villa, even though he might well be. so then it comes down to 'talks', and if in fact he is talking to MON. yeah?
leftfoot
If CG isnt confirmed as a Sunderland player by 2.30pm or so he must then be talking to us this evening. Basically, the longer this drags on today the better for us!!! As far as I know the press are saying in talks with both clubs. I cant see much (other than Villa forums) that suggest Sunderland is the most likely destination!! Anybody got any more secure information??
deano.avfc
well only from his agent who is the one who said he is havin a medical at Sunderland
Christo
What site did this come from Christo?? Or have you a contact for this?
deano.avfc
AVFC Blog report that Curtis Davies has been seen at Villa Park and has had a medical prior to an announcement this afternoon. I do stress that this is all speculation at the moment.
notthedougellisstand
Only Sky Sports news Deano
Christo
I don't believe Gordon is a target, as he wouldn't be automatically our No1 keeper
tarzan
Come On MON FFS, sign anyone, i don't care anymore. even if CG passes a medical with us, it will takes us until the jan transfer window for him to finally sign..... look at Young and Reo-Coker deals. Randy give us on Vital your cheque book and we'll get us in to europe! UTV
*Holte*End*Star*
Of course he would. You wouldn't pay £9m for a GK and then him not be your number 1
notthedougellisstand
Christo - skysports.com says that he is in talks with both clubs?? I was not too fussed on Gordon but now I really would be gutted if we didnt get him!!!
deano.avfc
I am going bythe news channel not the website and they said he was having a medical at Sunderland and they take ages updating there website
Christo
NTDES He's NOT the target Jussi is, 4m is the price. Who would you prefer?
tarzan
Totally with your last comment Deano.avfc. Wanted Jaaskelianen but now would be gutted if we don't get Gordon.
notthedougellisstand
Jussi
Christo
I agree Christo. 9m is a ridiculous price for Gordon, some would say we'd be a laughing stock if we paid that sum (I wouldn't but I think there must be better options out there). He may wait for Ben Foster to get fit.
tarzan
Foster is out for most of the season.
notthedougellisstand
I didn't realise he was that crocked, thanks for the info. I've heard varying reports on Carson, I reckon Jussi is the number one target.
tarzan
Foster will be Man Utd number 1 by the end of the season. If we dont get Gordon we may keep our fingers crossed for Carson or Jussi. I feel our next keeper will be one of those three or Itandje. I can not see anyone other than that in this transfer window. That is why I hope we get Gordon.
deano.avfc
9m is way too much for Gordon, does everyone here think MON wants him? If that price is correct; Boruc is worth double that!
tarzan
Gordon hasn't really proved himself in the premier leage he plays in the joke leage so when he comes to the premiership he may be a huge flop
Christo
Christo that makes no sense at all!!! do goalkeepers save differently in England compared to Scotland
VillaMalta
I think christo and tarzan are right for me Jussi would be a better buy, if Gordon is having a medical as sky allsorts news are saying then is this a done deal? cant see him having a medical then tripping down to villa park for another.
HuntysVilla
I dont think that the 'settle into the premier league' argument applies to goalkeepers really. Its more about having a repetoir of skills to become as 'complete' a player as possible. He has proven himself as a top keeper as domestic and international keeper. Schmeichel and Cech played for average teams before Man U and Chelsea and have been amazing in the Premiership. I think that as a young team captain he will appeal to MON. Curtis Davis too - young, captain and English!!
deano.avfc
Also, why is Boruc worth twice what Gordon is worth?? Surely attracting attention at Celtic is easier than at Hearts?? I will admit I dont know lots and lots about both but I have a few mates who are Scottish football fans rate them both highly. Gordon is young, widely admired and a good captain. Dont get me wrong, Boruc would be good but Gordon can happen today!!! I think MON had intended to wait and take Jussi on a free at the end of the season. Now he NEEDS a GK and of those available Gordon could be the best option.
deano.avfc
"Close friend" and TalK Sport Scottish reporter said at 2.45 that Gordon was with Sunderalnd today and Villa tomorrow for talks before deciding which one to join. Think the "medical" is all part of same story.
PENFOLD17
Have there been any reports of Gordon boarding a plane for B6 ?
notthedougellisstand
That sounds a little more promising Penfold17. BBC Radio state both clubs are in talks.
notthedougellisstand
Just thinking of Scots players like Petrov, Maloney and Barry Ferguson
Christo
It is widely accpeted that Boruc is the real deal. If he did move on at this time it would be to a top club in Europe with CL footie. Arsenal and Milan have been mooted. I have good links with Scotchland.
tarzan
Balls....now it's gone midnight here (I live in Singapore) and i can't stay up any later to wait for news....here's hoping when I wake up in the morning and log in at work there's some good news on the forums....fingers crossed for Gordon (if the man has a brain) and Davies.....stay away Jol & give us this one wontchya? Goodnight all. UTV.
YatesyVillain
just heard on talksport he has left sunderland cause he wants to talk to villa and oneil. as soon as he sees bodymoor job done.
Stig
thats good
Christo
Sky news are reporting the medical reports. Just can't see why he would have a med if he wasn't going to sign. Surely you would wait and then decide which team and then the medical? Perhaps it saves time should he decide Sunderland. I don't know but for me he's signing for Sunderland. This may mean any approach for another keeper is seen by that keeper as second choice.
Gazvilla
Newman Gordon looks a good keeper, I have a friend who's a Hibs supporter in Scotland. He said that Gordon is outstanding keeper, and in his view will be a revelation. But I think we may have something to say about Davies, we've been chasing him a long time. So I can't see us giving him up without a fight
Topspur1
Believe me guy's if you get Gordon he will be number 1
Topspur1
be much nicer to have amedical at Villa but I can guess I can understand him going to the nearest place for a medical and then joining Villa
Christo
if he was having a medical beacuse he was signing for them it would be reported that personnel terms have been agreed. Gazvilla these things arent a science it's simple he has gone to sunderland to discuss terms and get the medical out of the way then tomorrow he will go to Villa and do the same and by wednesday thrursday he will decide and sign and have the registration sent as as quickly as possible allowing him to play on saturday. well thats how i see it anyway
VillaMalta
Didn't Dinglewood have a medical at Wigan and then join us
Christo
Hope Gordon signs, I think he is the real deal. No disrespect but we can offer a lot more than Sunderland in every department. Would also love to see Davies sign but I agree with Topspur1 that it will be us or Spurs.
Dannygav
can any one really see CG signing for Sunderland? really? MON gonna do it for us - but if not well move onto the next - carson or jussi - BUT WE REALLY NEED A RB - CANT DESCRIBE THIS ENOUGH!
Eaton_thevillafan
Plus we need a right back asap.
Dannygav
Next poll - who should be villa's next RB.
Eaton_thevillafan
AM gonna laugh if we dont get one by september
Christo
Gordon has completed a medical at Sunderland and will sign for them tomorrow. Another missed....
evoflash
what a load of b4ll4cks this is turning out to be, 4 days to go, no RB, and no goalkeeper of any note, how can we miss out on gordon to sunderland! the time thats being taken over these transfers is nothing short of incompetent.
eltoro
evoflash - where did u hear that??
myleftfoot
By the way - I believe no one at the club said we were in for CG anyway.
myleftfoot
I was really really looking forward to this years window
Christo
Gordon will not sign for SUnderland. Sky Sports News and BBC website are carrying conflicting information. SSN state Gordon will sign for Mackems tomorrow but BBC state that Man City are now considering a bid for him. I'm going out on a limb and stating Gordon will be a Villa player by Thursday.
notthedougellisstand
BBC run stories on two sources only. Sky run on one, which is why they tend to get the exclusives.
evoflash
Eltoro - Sky
evoflash
According to the times he's heading to VP today for talks.
Pking
Sky sports news "Gordon to agree personal terms with sunderland today"
HuntysVilla
the only hiccup may be that we didn't go in earlier, after sunderlands initial knock back. if we wanted him, why not go then? its only now that he has come up. we've bid 6 mil for davies by the way.
leftfoot
leftfoot, i think you are right may have sat on the fence to long for this one, we will see, hopefully better news on davis, would still like to see MON go for Jussi
HuntysVilla
It looks like the deal between Villa and Hearts has broken down. Gordon expected to sign for Sunderland today.
Dannygav
bad news about Davies is that the papers are linking Spurs with him but hopefully its just paper boll**s
Christo
I must agree with eltoro, this whole transfer saga is turning into a farce. Given the so called and much vaunted management skills that are supposed to have been gathered at VP this is becoming riddiculous. At present, squad wise, we are in a worse position than this time last year. With two or three critical injuries we will be in one hell of a mess, particularly in defence. We must pay the going rate for the players, not what MON or others think is the value of a player. If we don't we are blown.
Obediah
According to talk sport just, Gordon is going to sign for Sunderland. There appears to be a problem with the Villa offer. He was supposed to travel to Villa today but he is still in Sunderland. apparently he has been told to sign for Sunderland. Lets wait and see!!!
gappy65
This information has come from a local radio station in scotland. The person where this came from spoke to Gordon last night... i hope its wrong...
gappy65
where the hell are you guys getting all this information from???? could you please give links to these claims I havent seen anywhere that he has agreed terms with sunderland or that the deal between the clubs has fallen through. http://icnewcastle.icnetwork.co.uk/sunderlandafc/news/tm_headline=villa-threaten-to-steal-cats-target%26method=full%26objectid=19580705%26siteid=50081-name_page.html It says here he was impressed by Sunderland but chose to travel to Brum to meet O'neill which if it's true things look very promising. Stop being so negative. Obediah grow up a bit mate this time last year we had a team that was tipped for relegation with players like DjembaX2 and now we're in the running for a 9million pound goalkeeper. All we need is a couple of more players (GK, RBX2, CB) and we're set then maybe a couple more in january.
VillaMalta
Perhaps they want £9m for CG and we offered £8.9m.......... another Robbie Keane me thinks. VillaMalta, i too heard that the deal with Villa had hit complications but they didnt say anymore, this was on Talk Sport 1053AM you might get it in Malta?? I agree that we do need not only one RB but two.....although i'd be happy with one for the time being. COME ON MON SPLASH THE CASH, RANDY'S WALLET IS GETTING RESTLESS AND SO ARE WE!
*Holte*End*Star*
the guardian are saying gordon is going to talk with MON this morning.
leftfoot
No one knows what's going on here. The one person I'd like to be in this situation is Gordon's agent! I can't believe how difficult the transfer process is becoming. If we don't sign anyone before the new season starts, it will be fine; only on the proviso we get some decent results, otherwise the clamour for new names will turn into a crisis. Let's face it, the Coker deal nearly got pulled at the 11th hour and Harewood was a last minute capture from under the noses of Wigan. It's so hard without the carrot of CL footie.
tarzan
Tarzan it shouldn't be hard to attract a GK from a small club in Scotland, whos only other option are a club who have just been promoted, without European football. If we lose him to Sunderland there will be unrest.
notthedougellisstand
They said that its understood that Gordon is going to talk to MoN on SSN,but the info bar thingy still says he's close to signing for Sunderland?
Pking
Intertesing article on the os from MON. He still thinks he hasn't lost out on any of his targets....not sure I believe that but he does once again re-assure us that "quality" signings will come. Maybe, not by Saturday though! Gulp...Taylor in goal and Gardner at right back it is...lucky Kewell is terrible!!
In MON we trust!
Hmm offical site is running interesting story - - - - http://www.avfc.premiumtv.co.uk/page/News/HeadlinesDetail/0,,10265~1086227,00.html -- - - It says in there "Stuart Taylor would love the chance to face Liverpool in the Barclays Premier League opener, but admits: 'It's out of my hands' "
evoflash
Is there hope yet...???
evoflash
on ssn there now,he has travelled 2 meet with MON this morning.wouldnt be 2 worried about bottom of screen,reckon they just havent updated it yet.still cannot believe he will choose them over us,serious lack of ambition on his part if he does.
Belfast Villain
I dont like being lied to by my own club
Christo
Christo we were lied to for many years under the old regime. I don't think the club have lied to us but they don't like discussing issues in public.
notthedougellisstand
you know Gabriel Heinze could be worth a bid, just to get off the gordon issue for a moment. apparently allardyce is keen, wonder if MON is. think he'd look good in a villa shirt.
leftfoot
Christo you dont have a clue, sit down, be quiet and be patient. If you had anything to do with transfers we would be like Man City - who are going to flop big tim.
KSarge1
Why would the MON talk about players we don't own to the press or joe public? Its not very professional!! Who would want to sign for unprofessional club?
Quania
Ant news on the Davies front, Spurs have offered 5m plus Routledge apparently.
tarzan
Quania you are dead right. The rumours going around about our offers or other teams offers being poor are probably incorrect; as the local press like to sell papers, therefore keep the teams fans interested by doing this.
tarzan
i reckon taylor can do a job if it came down to it. not that i'd be happy without buying a new gk. What a farce this summer has been. utterly ridiculous.
ric112
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eltoro
ric I agree 9m for Gordon is way too much money, I think MON is targetting a RB first. Can't understand flogging Ridge with no replacement lined up.
tarzan
Any views on trying to sign Silvestre from Man U? He is a player who can play in any defensive position.
Quania
Ex Hearts goalkeeper says that he thinks Gordon will go to Sunderland.I need to know why they are favourites to sign him nobody has given a reason,does this ex Hearts guy know something?
Pking
Am just saying that his summer the club promised aload of top signings and we got Marlon Harewood I know and hope they are working hard but things should of been done by now
Christo
FFS the season starts Saturday and still no RB. i can't believe MON went in to this summer thinking I'll sign Reo-Coker and Harewood and i'll sell half the squad and we'll be in the top 6 by christmas. he MUST have missed out on players, if not why werent we bidding. it's getting to the point where we just need numbers, just hope he plays the youth team tonight as we can not afford any injuries. COME ON MON PULLING TEETH IS LESS PAINFULL UTV
*Holte*End*Star*
Its all gone very quiet everywhere, come on lets see Davies and Gordon sign on the dotted line.....
KSarge1
if he goes to sunderland over us then we have a major problem, its going to get more and more difficult to make signings the more we lose out, we've known about gordon for over 2 months, why move for him now 3 days before the season starts! he should have been here 8 weeks ago, nothings happened in the last 8 weeks to change MON's mind on this guy, I can't understand the waiting game, this guy is going to come back and bite us on the ass believe me!
eltoro
400th post - how good is that? Still 10 out - two in! No concrete rumours any signs of Gordon being given a tour of VP?
tarzan
I don't think so, no reports of players having medicals or fees agreed on the Official Site. Incredibly frustrating.
tarzan
apparently we are bidding for Hoyte BUT this was on Tribal so.......
Jon.H
Time for part 9?
tarzan
If MoN does bring in any more players? Will his stand off over the asking price really have been worth while. Will we just eventually pay the asking price thereby loosing the advantage of the players having a pre season with us. We are told often enough that failure was due to the players not being prepared. We have been told all season Xmas is not the time to by players Randy has put everything in place for us to rebuild, it is very disappointing that we were not prepared once the window opened. Yes the excuse can be made that another club must trade to release players thereby releasing players at other clubs. We should of forced the position found players that wanted to come to AVFC & done the deal.
FatKev
he says nothing has gone wrong so I guess this is all part of his 5 year plan
Christo
Tribal Tripe say were bidding £2m for Hoyte...... don't care anymore if he's good or not JUST SIGN HIM!
*Holte*End*Star*
The only reason I can see Gordon signing for Sunderland is that he wants to be the automatic first choice keeper. I wonder if MON will give him this guarantee. I can't imagine that if MON does spend 7 Mill he wouldn't be anything other than our number 1. Also, it has been mentioned that it's not too far away from his current home in Jockland.
Gazvilla
Ok Holte End Star you say we need numbers. So would you be happy if we signed mills, dabo and dickov from Man Citeh. Just so we have numbers?
Quania
Holte End Star would you be happy if we sign Mills, Dabo and Dickov from Man City, just so we have numbers?
Quania
Well am sure someone will sign unless O'Neil thinks he is still at Celti and that he has a squad that just just go ahead and win the league
Christo
Anyone got access to Villaworld? MON has made some comments about transfers.
Gazvilla
Might get shot down for this, but what hell - it's my opinion. None of the signings (or links for that matter) have really set me on fire. I don't know quite what I was expecting, but I'm disappointed with the signed and the might signs. Is anyone else feeling the same? Davies is ok I suppose - haven't in fairness seen much of him. Was excited by the two Dutch kids in truth, but that's about it.
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