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Davies & Jermain Defoe Incoming?

And the transfer gossip for today?

Apparently, and the story is covered in various papers this morning, Villa have agreed a £9million fee for West Bromwich Albion defender Curtis Davies. Villa and the Baggies have been at loggerheads all through the summer for the WBA captain but if these reports are to be believed, Martin O'Neill has finally got his man and his second central defender in 24 hours following the arrival of Zat Knight. The reports say that the deal for Davies will begin with a one season loan.

Another report, this time in the Telegraph, has us in a fight for the signature of Spurs striker Jermain Defoe with Chelsea and Portsmouth.

You watch, all the talk of us, Pompey and Chelksi going for him, Manchester United will pop up and nick him from all three!

Pompey, it is claimed, will turn to the England striker if they can't attract Nicolas Anelka to Fratton Park. Blimey, do I wish we were in for that sulky Frenchman or what?! He might be a pain but he is a pain who can score out of nothing! Villa are also apparently in the hunt for Defoe - a link that just won't go away - as are Chelsea who it is believed are willing to throw in Shaun Wright-Phillips as part of the deal. If Shaun Wright Phillips is available.... oh sod it, you know what I'm going to say!

No matter who we are linked with, we've got to get a wriggle on, there is less than 48 hours to go in this transfer window and we still need two right-backs as well.

There has certainly been no rhyme or reason to this transfer window, I'm not sure we've really improved as yet and without much needed reinforcements, mid-table is surely the best we can expect from our stretched squad, especially judging by our lack of a 15-20 goal a season striker?

If they aren't already, get your fingers crossed!

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Writer: J P Fear Mail feedback, articles or suggestions

Date:Thursday August 30 2007

Time: 9:08AM

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I also hear that Chelsea want Defoe and would be willing to let SWP go the other way as part of the deal. If this is true i cant see Villa getting a look in.
I have heard exactly the same about Defoe, Col. Chelsea can offer him a chance to earn £80k a week and sit on a bench or in the stands at Champion League matches, we can't compete with that.
still skeggy
Chelski released a statement last night saying there is no swap deal for Defoe to counter press speculation.
Would defoe swap one bench for another is the question, is the reason he wants to move to become richer or to play football?
The Fear
Is Defoe gonna get a shout in at Chelsea ? Who really wants to go to Portsmouth ? Is he really considering his options or are the press just plucking stories out of the air ? If Defoe wants to leave Spurs and play in Europe this season, then there is only one destination he will arrive at, Old Trafford, so please let this dream go. If he came to us I would be truly blown away, I'd be very happy don't get me wrong, and these things happen from time to time, but why wind ourselves up with these silly rumours. Davis is more realistic, cover that we need and something for the future. A right back ? it's gotta happen, surely it's our absolute priority ? two more in before tomorrow ends ? lets hope for three and watch the clock tick away to 23:59:59......... and then get on with the season.
Rhyme & reason? I think there is - its called squad building to create a platform from which we can press on in the next stage. Clearly Mon did not rate Davis above Petrov/ Reo-Coker perhaps because Davis does not impost himself on a game (OK I know what you're thinking) and Ridgewell did not want to fight for a place. So this Summer Mon has cleared the decks and gone for squad building, looking for players. Now he has an idea of what cash he has left after acquiring the first few, he can push on. Not sure why Curtis Davis would be a year loan though, that would take some explaining if true. Why tie up £9m resources in another club when we need the players ourselves. Davis can play rb can't he?
sod them and get afonso alves or Huntelaar, or get SWP
And talking about sitting on benches, even for £80k a week.....thought we were having posh new dugouts....or did I dream it ?
PS was told last week that Defoe will move, but not to a top 4 club - so draw your own conclusions. This source is reasonably close to Defoe but not always totally reliable!!
This it brown or red ?.....or the one with chillies in it ?
I remember hearing earlier in the summer the France football correspondent saying Anelka had been tlaking about a move to Old Trafford for months, so perhaps Man Utd will focus there attentions there? Chelsea have stated SWP is staying put, can't really see them wanting Defoe anyway. Pompey need to sell Nugent in order to raise the cash to do anything so perhaps there is hope for us yet (ever the optimist)...
France football correspondent on talksport that is..
Would be a hell of a grin factor if we got him, thats for sure. We would certainly be a force then, but I can't help feeling that it's all paper talk, and everybody knows MON is a massive admirer of Defoe.......saying that if you don't have a wish, how can you have a wish come true ?
Good question Aston - also told Anelka will go to Old Trafford
We'll probably end up with Nugent, and old Harry will get Defoe......then we'll have to put up with AVFC48's whinging for a month !!!!
AVFC48 will whinge from afar whatever happens
Anyway Fear, you must get onto more pressing issues....the dugouts, are they renewing them ? they don't match the posh new advertising boards. And they look horrible.
Yes Gordon, 'afar' ......not from the terraces......or seating area to be PC
I fear that Fear may be right. Fergie is known for his last minute nicking. Roy Keane came to Man U in the same fashion. 33.5 hours to go.
one of my mates has just called me after hearing on talksport we have signed davies on loan
SWP wont be going no where"!
Anelka has just signed a new contract @ Bolton.....
Unless Defoe can play right back I am not overly bothered. The 4 forwards we have must be given the season to see if they have the ability to help us join the Champions League gravy train. There is a bloke a Fulham who is injured at the moment .... Aaron Hughes. It may be worth offering them about £5 million for him. And if we could get that Ridgewell bloke from the Dildo Salesmen for about the same money we will be alright.
he has risen from the grave...
Hoss The Villain
Cheers Hoss. The return of the VOTH. Lock up your daughters....
have to disagree voice, don't think we have a single 20-goal-a-season striker. Gabby isn't ready yet to lead the line, JC has yet to really dominate and impress and I think Defoe would provide the clinical finishing we are missing. Agree about Hughes, was madness to offload before replacing
The Fear
Mellberg is a better RB than Hughes defensively and MON knows this. On the performances of this and last season, Gardner would keep Hughes out of the RB position anyway. Simple fact is Gardner is a better RB than Hughes and it is not his natural position. Hughes in my opinion was a very very weak link, and defending at times was awful.
More like a voice from the grave... what I can’t understand is why we are paying premium prices for average squad players yet we have flogged off our assets at cut prices. MON may not be able to comprehend the transfer market being so inflated but surely a successful moneyman in Randy must be lifting an eyebrow at such dealings. MON might not like the over inflated prices being quoted but we shouldn’t be ignoring that market force when selling our players. A disgrace in my opinion.
Hoss The Villain
Davies is in talks with us - confirmed on WBA website -,,10366~1102440,00.html
The Usual Suspect
Ian Wright was on Talk Sport last night and he completely rubbished the reports. he said why would should leave as he has know broken in to the first team reckoning. SWP aint going anywhere.
Iheard it to Holt end star. Can you imagine wrighty watching SWP at white hart lane... unlikely. but what i do think is that Defoe will go to old trafford. they need a striker badly..
An exciting final 28 hours on the clock. Will he wont he, shall we shant we? Put in a bid for Defoe, lets seriously test both the water, and our competition. Hopefully a right back remains very much in our sights. Olof or Craig temping at right full back pleases me not one jot. Anyhow, now onto more important matters. Good to see you back voiceoftheholte. A voice of sense and reason returns.
I thank you Glensider. Many people would disagree, but best I don't go there again. Next time might be a straight red instead of a couple of yellows :o)

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