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Liam Ridgewell Set For Villa Exit?

Liam Ridgewell Set For Villa Exit?

Not quite sure why, but apparently Liam Ridgewell is about to move to Birmingham City.

According to Nick Pullen at the Birmingham Mail, the move could happen this afternoon as Villa sell yet another player in the transfer window where we'd expected hoards of arrivals!

The 22-year-old defender is said to be going for around £2.25million.

According to the Mail Villa will be bringing in Norway international Brede Hangeland from FC Copenhagen for a fee in the region of £4million.

If Ridgewell does go, I wish him nothing but luck, shame about the destination but I think the player is a decent centre back and would rather him in our squad (ok, maybe not a first team starter but certainly worthy as a squad player) and I would MUCH rather see us get replacements BEFORE departures, for example, right back anyone? The Mail says that our only out and out right-back, Mark Delaney, is 'nowhere near' fit.

Strange and frustrating times. I think at the start of the summer avfc48 was slated for suggesting that Martin O'Neill has a reputation amongst Celtic fans for being slow in the transfer market and making last minute signings. Not so sure everyone would be so quick to slate him now?

And in another report, The Record Sport have said that Shaun Maloney will return to Celtic within the week. Not so sure about that one, this was rumoured and denied only a week or so back and Maloney was played last night in the friendly against Stoke, if he was on his way out, would he have been risked? I think not. The report says the move will be for £1million. I guess time will tell.

Our latest poll asks if Liam Ridgewell should be sold or not.

Writer:J P Fear
Date:Thursday August 2 2007
Time: 2:38PM


Here come more moans in 5.......4.........3.........2.........1 lol. More seriously though Idont think we should let him go but as its Birmingham he wants to play for and not us I say bye bye its a big insult
02/08/2007 14:42:00
I was looking at an exchange deal, but we,ve already got a ground!!!
silkie villain
02/08/2007 14:46:00
Good luck to the lad if he does go. Why we are letting him go is a mystery to me though.
02/08/2007 14:49:00
Disgrace we can not let any more players go WTF is going on MON or the board need to tell us
02/08/2007 14:50:00
yea and why would he rather play for Birmingham and if it was player for player who would we want in return
02/08/2007 14:51:00
Doyle the GK?????
02/08/2007 14:52:00
I'm not sure we need (a) to keep Ridge if we can't offer him a reasonable chance of playing regularly and (b) to slate him if he goes - even to the Noses. Let's face it, quite a few have been critical of his abilities. If somebody was prepared to offer you first team football when nobody else could/would, wouldn't you go? And look at it this way: if he does go when he isn't getting a game here, doesn't that mean we're swapping an asset we aren't using for good cash, [and that the Blouse are getting 'one of our cast offs' - as somebody else on here recently described transferred players ;-) ]
02/08/2007 14:52:00
it is not a question of if we should keep Ridge, we need to keep him as we are not signing anyone else. We can not afford to let another player leave, simple.
02/08/2007 14:57:00
Im not sure about this Hangeland guy,why is he still playing in Scandinavia?He cant be that young if he has a fair amount of caps.You'd think he'd have already been snapped up by now.
02/08/2007 15:06:00
Are we selling Ridgewell or Kevin Webster from Corrie? Seriously though, I think Ridge has rarely let us down and his bouts of poor form were usually when the side generally was having a bad run. I always thought he was a good kid and it's a shame to see him go. As others have said though, it would be nice if the arrivals came first...
02/08/2007 15:09:00
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