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O'Neill Right Back To Target In Jan?

Martin O'Neill says he will try again for his right-back target come January after missing out on him this summer.

On avfc.com he explained:

'In the end, I'd like to have had a natural right-back in the team that we were hoping to get. That's why I thought he was worth waiting for, for some time. However things didn't materialise in the way I'd have liked them to have done and I still believe now at this minute that it's worth waiting for until January time. Nothing's definite but I'm led to believe from the club itself that something can be done. That was the only disappointment - the rest I was really happy with, getting Zat Knight, Curtis Davies and Moustapha Salifou in late on.'

Seems strange that we weren't able to get one right-back whilst waiting mind you, surely we need strength in depth? Still, it is results that speak the loudest and our start is good!

He also adds on another link, 'I saw that we were linked with Lassana Diarra, but I spoke to his agent weeks ago and he always wanted to go to Arsenal. But that wasn't a problem.'

He insists there is more quality and competition for places after having more time to prepare this summer after the rush of last season, 'This time we knew we'd be in a better position because we had more time to prepare. At the end of it all, I'm happy with the squad and yes I could have brought in another three players, but I'd have preferred those players to have been of real quality.'




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Writer: J P Fear Mail feedback, articles or suggestions

Date:Tuesday September 4 2007

Time: 12:26PM

Your Comments

Lets hope Man City have a nightmare few months and that the owner is deported. That should then ensure that Micah Richards finds his way into the Villa revolution.
voiceoftheholte
From what I have seen of Mon's Spring and Summer signings so far, I'll go with his choice.
Gordonsleftboot
Richards are you having a laugh. The only players that have come to you is never has beens and never will be,s. He will go to a big club Man u Arsenal Liverpool or chelsea. Your not even the big in Birmingham.
SHOE HAMMER
So tell me shoe hammer. What time is your school lunch break over? Not a very good comment considering it is from sombody who supports the 5th biggest club in London.
voiceoftheholte
Defensively Iíll be interested to see how things pan out over this year. I remember during the transfer window MON stated that he wanted to get the contracts of Melberg and Sorrenson tied up, yet this hasnít happened. Then MON buys 2 central defenders and in the first game following the transfer window moves Mellberg to RB and plays Knight in the centre, with our most expensive CB still to play. Is this an indication that MON does not expect Mellberg signing a new contract and will be using him as RB cover until next summer when he will be free to leave, whilst trying to establish a new CB partnership?
Hoss The Villain
Perhaps you could try Sevilla for Alves now their stuck with a player who doesn't want to be there because they held out for a ridiculous amount of money.
sw6cfc
Ha ha ha ha I've got to laugh at Shoe Hammer's comments...Does this bloke not realise who WH have spent money on since Curbs took over. Ljungberg, Dyer and Upson spring to mind at that comment!! At least O'Neill has bought players that will play in a number of games over the season and not sit on the injury table whilst collecting their £80,000 a week wages!!
tdiddyo
West Sham are the fith biggest supported club in Landan behind The Arse, CSKAhelski, Spuds and Manure.
voiceoftheholte
But lets all give it to West Ham Fc for having possibly the most violent fans in history!!!. Always something to be proud of.
cunnilingus85
and west ham is a complete *****e hole in one of the worst parts of london that you wouldnt urinate on if it were on fire.
Stig
Now Now boys that has upset you. I didnt say we were big where did you lot get that from. The problem with people from Birmingham is you are so bitter. You may say london is a ---- hole but trust me when i say i could sell my house and buy villa park and the crap players you have. Infact i just might do that so you lot dont have anywhere to spend your dole money.
SHOE HAMMER
Does leggo sell for that much in London?
Villain Of The North
You own a house...?? I thought most people in London lived in Cardboard boxes!!! As for being able to afford our crap team...There is not one WH player i would choose to replace any of our team!! How many WH players are in the England squad again??
tdiddyo
Whats the point of this shoe hammer? Still gutted that Harewood left? Or is it that your ex captain is already playing better for us than he ever did for you?
son_of_cher
.... and even Frodo Baggins was s_h_i_t in Green Street
bazzah
Son of cher you ask what is the point well all i did if you look earlier was say that Richards would go to a big club. And all i got was loads and loads of abuse. I am just responding to this. I must say it is fun on this site because you dont arf bite well, hook line and sinker.
SHOE HAMMER
And just how did school go today shoe man? Hope your mum has done your favourite fish fingers for tea. Then when you have finished them you can go and visit your Dad. I hear he is allowed out of his cell to see visitors once a week.
voiceoftheholte
Mr Shoehammer, I worked in London for a number of months, and i can say some conviction it truely is one of the worlds true S*** holes. any city that has a cardboard suburb. is a true Dump. congratulations because would'nt pay the riduculous prices you pay for a terrace. Anyway you need to get back to work to pay for the Olympics and the congestion charge you mug hahaha.
gappy65
Shoe Hammer is peeing in his panties at the very thought of the hammering (pun intended) that his little yo-yo club are going to get when they visit VP in a few weeks. London's afterthought, a third rate outfit, who never manage to stick around in the big league long enough to make an impression.
glensider
Micah Richards is a Brummie, isnt he? Maybe he will come home too????? Hammers? When it all goes tits up and Bellamy goes to double his wages somewhere else, we'll have Reo-Coker kicking lumps out of Europes finest and you'll all wonder where it went so wrong!!!!!!!!!!
Madirish
Richards is a Brummie but is also a blouse fan.
notthedougellisstand
MON definitely seems to have eyes for only one particular right full back, and if that is indeed the case then all credit to him for sticking to his guns in only pursuing this one particular target. Quality right backs are certainly thin on the ground right now, so presumably we can expect to pay over the odds to adequately fill this position. Oh for a Johnny Gidman out there somewhere. What would Giddy be worth in todays open market?
glensider
Im happy for MoN to hold his fire if it means getting quality,he didn't panic buy and our squad is not cluttered.Richards is one of the best players in the world at the moment and would only join a top 4 team or a Real Madrid he is way out of our reach,didn't Chelsea offer 18 mil or something like that and not get him?I've never seen Bosingwa,Miguel is outstanding but probably out of our reach also.
Pking
Does anyone else think that this is likely to be Justin Hoyte? It would keep up with O'Neill's trend of buying English, and who else can you think of that won't be available until January? Arsenal bought Diarra last minute and I reckon Wenger said we can have Hoyte if that deal goes through. As it was a last minute deal there was no time for the Hoyte deal. What does everyone think? I for one would welcome Justin Hoyte as the type of player who would fit in (if my gut-feeling is true that is!).
Curteece
John Gidman was amazing going forward but he couldn't defend very well - glensider
myleftfoot
Richards is indeed a Brummie by birth, but he moved to Leeds at a very early age, and does in fact support Leeds United, not Birmingham City.
glensider
 

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