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Massive Bid For Baggies Captain?

According to the Daily Mail today, Villa boss Martin O'Neill has put in an 8million bid for West Bromwich Albion defender Curtis Davies.

Davis had a transfer request rejected by Baggies boss Tony Mowbray but is said to be desperate to play at the top level. Spurs were also thought to be interested according to yesterdays gossip!

The Mail say WBA will try to hold out for a fee of nearer 10million for the 22-year-old centre half.

Davis joined West Brom from Luton and was their captain within six months.

O'Neill has already stated he wants to bring in more players, lets face it, with a squad our size he has to basically.

The Villa boss said: 'In an ideal world I would have liked to have another couple of players in by now but we will have them before transfer deadline. Randy Lerner has not put a cap on anything. It is about me trying to find the proper acquisitions. He is leaving things to me and he will be supportive.'

Meanwhile the press have picked up on the fact that Randy Lerner has had a Villa tattoo! A lion on his leg so I believe!

Meanwhile The Sun that Portsmouth and Villa are in the hunt for Fulham right-back Liam Rosenior.

Reading are also said to be after the England U21 player.




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Writer: J P Fear Mail feedback, articles or suggestions

Date:Saturday August 4 2007

Time: 9:12AM

Your Comments

Got in 1st? Double his true value.
ASPINALL
trouble is, what is a true value for any player? I guess this is what MON is on about, the money is too high but if you want them, you have to pay as the baggies obviously don't want to sell, so it is silly money or move along! Don't know much about the Fulham right back, wonder what sort of price he would go for?
The Fear
Cant see any more than 2m for Rosenior
deano.avfc
would curtis davies qualify as a "big" signing?
The Usual Suspect
Yes. He is a top quality centre half.
Dannygav
I think Rosenior is an excellent prospect. He caught my eye a few times last season on MOTD as a quick fullback/wing back who gets up and down. If we're putting in big bids for Davies - does that mean we're not signing the Norwegian bloke??
melski
This guy has the potential to be a great centre back for us! Stop fannying around, offer them the cash and sign him up!
DeanoVilla
Just look at the signings, Liam Rosenior is a very good player I was impressed with him against Villa last season. Also Curtis Davies both of these are again U21 Internationals with very hungry and bright futures. I believe that these two rumours are true and this stays in line with what MON has bought in so far. By the year 2010 we will have 7 Full England Internationals. Gabby,Moore,Cahill,Davies,ReoCoker,Young & Rosenior.
KSarge1
melski - why not go for both of them?? We were all saying we needed a CB before Ridgewell left - so two new CB for 12m minus the 2m for Ridgwell. Improved the centre of defence for 10m net - thats the kind of way we should be looking to improve. Maybe Cahill may feel forced down the order but I would be surprised if Laursen stays fit all season. Now the RB and GK and things look rosy again!!
deano.avfc
Davies has massive potential. The player has asked for a transfer, usually means he will move. Mowbary wont want to keep a player that does not want to play for the team. If we want him we will get him.
return of godzvilla
O'Niell is a sly old fox........instead of being England manager, he will be the manager of most of them in 2010 at club level !!! Basically he is holding the bird up to the FA, and fair play to him.......anyone who knocks his five year plan should be wary...
astonmilan
MON is a very sharp operator he will not be ripped off. Lets take Defoe for example, Would you say that he is almost twice as good as young? i would'nt! do you think he is 5 as good as Harewood i dont. The same Harewood that took just 45 minutes to destroy us 2 seasons back. You in my opinion MON is spot on the way he is doin his buiness. Some of the teams sellin ned the money to strenghten, the longer we stall the more realistic the price becomes. MON is a shrood operator. do we remember jan most of our buisness was done at the end even the final hour. That is why we got Maloney for next to nothing. So please all you Villa faithful watch MON weave is magic.
gappy65
So if he buys Davies for 8,would you agree that he`s 4 times the player Ridgwell is ? Is Petrov and NRC twice the player of Davis and if Angel goes for nothing but we buy Harewood for 4m.........
ASPINALL
If we get Davies, Rosenior, Haageland and Bosinga and maybe a GK our team will be complete for this season. You guys are right MON is building the basis of the next England team here at Villa Park. Who needs Defoe when we have Gabby and Luke to poach the goals. But, please, go for them, let us hope it is not just paper talk.
Obediah
Obediah - but England teams are generally ****e?
ASPINALL
I like it Curtis D, would be a great signing and show how we want to move forward. Moving Liam out and Curtis in is the right thing to do
LITTLE 77
How long before people start slagging the manager off for only offering 8 million? The Booboys will be gathering one the boards later on to have another pop at the manager.
col8
I honestly think that with the sale of Samuel and McCann to Bolton Jussi will sign for us - they have just signed another young keeper - thats 4 GK's in there squad right now. WBA have just loaned a experienced European Defender. So...Jussi,Rosenior,Davies look to be on there way IMO. Things are moving at last.
KSarge1
exactly Aspinall. dont you see how the transfer market is structured. like everything else in life. A product, whether thats a footballer or a car etc is worth what your prepared to pay for it. and just because someone says its worth this much dose'nt mean you must get ripped off for it. If we had a sugar shortage and sugar became 50 a bag would you pay it? because thats the price. or would you drink tea with no sugar. What some football managers fail to realise is. There player is not the only one on the market. just because the press say these are the players we should buy does'nt mean we have to. We finish strong last season and we have let squad players leave (with 1 or 2 exceptions Ridgewell) and as long as we replace most if not all we will be doin ok.
gappy65
should of done a swap with Bolton
Christo
I think Curtis Davies would be a good signing - but what have we gained by leaving until a week before the season starts ?
qKing
I think we have an options on Jussi from McCann and Samuel deal along with Rosenior - Davis/Hughes - thats why he has sold so many
KSarge1
Curtis Davies yes, the type of quality player we need to be looking to bring onboard, Leroy Rosenior, no thankyou. Deano eloquently sums up my own feelings as to how we should approach any Davies deal. Rosenior always looks very, very shaky whenever I see him in action. Dont rate him at all. As for Randy's tattoo, well, what can you say?
glensider
Well qKing we appear to have saved about 2 million. that in my book is another sqad player. we must all remember we are fed copious amounts of speculation designed to sell news papers.
gappy65
I personally dont care much for self procliamed superstars. does anyone remember 1982? I guess most of us. Thats what a team of team players can achieve.
gappy65
davies would be quality signing,in my opinion better than liam but maybe not 4 times the player.rosenior would be a good squad player,that guy from porto Bowsinga the right back,isnt in their tour squad and wasnt playing last night on sky against Feyenoord,so thats looking likely as well.to wrap it all up Jussi would be top notch.i fully believe there will be at least 2 if not 3 by next saturday,also the fact the young gk Bevan who came on against stoke didnt get a squad number surely points to a new goalkeeper this week as we would never go into the new season without one on the bench. have faith in MON. UTV
Belfast Villain
I want Jussi,Bowsinga,Davies,Shorey,Rosenior - that will do. Oh and Liam Ridgewell IMHO was a very weak link and always has been(not saying this because he has gone to the noses). He lacks so much pace for this level blues will strugle at the back this season very very weak defence.
KSarge1
I don't agree we have saved 2m by leaving the bid late - albion are still asking for 10m, as they were in May - we have offered 8m - there is no news on if this has been accepted - still think the norweigian is more likley.
qKing
agreed ksarge1 ridgewell always lacked real pace in my opinion as well,caught out far too often.UTV
Belfast Villain
Whether or not Liam Ridgewell would ever have become a Villa Park regular is a debate that could rage on and on. It just concerns me that we let another player leave, boosting someone else's squad, without having a replacement signed, sealed, and delivered. We're playing with fire numbers wise right now.
glensider
I think the point you are missing, qKing, is that buying a player doesn't depends entirely on whether the current club are prepared to sell, and at what price. If Albion weren't ready to let Davies go - and after all they are bound to TRY and keep him - then there is nothing on God's Earth that MON could do to get him, EXCEPT possibly offer silly money. Why do that? As it stands, the player has now made it clear he wants to leave, and Albion just might accept a more sensible offer. Mind you, none of this is anything other than paper talk yet! :o)
BobTheBuilder
Whoops! That should read "... buying a player depends entirely on ..." :o(
BobTheBuilder
BTB - I think you are incorrect - Curties Davies asked for a transfer almost as soon as the season ended. The position and the asking price hasn't changed since then. - IF you beleive what you read villa have offered 7-8m - where as albion want 10m - that was the price in May and that is the price in August. Leaving it this late hasn't acheived anything. .. Cant see us paying 9m for anyone though.
qKing
Why not 9m, we've paid it before.
YatesyVillain
ridgewell is a bit loose in the head, thats why he went. davies is easily 4 of him. gordon, bosingwa, davies, and possibly hangeland sounding mighty fine.
leftfoot
If we're interested though, why didnt we move for him weeks ago, why leave it to the death?
glensider
Maybe it's the house analogy again.....maybe WBrom needed to buy a new CB before they were prepared to let him go...you know....like most people would.....you would think?
YatesyVillain
I wonder if he has any friends who play in goal?
col8
 

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