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Villa Star Linked With Shock Exit?

Villa Star Linked With Shock Exit?

Here we go, as we get closer and closer to the January transfer window the papers are going to get hotter and hotter with rumours!

The Sunday papers have two juicy rumours today, the first I like. The News Of The World claim - and I must admit isn't exactly rocket science to come up with this story - that Martin O'Neill wants to take Scott Carson on a permanent deal from Liverpool. The price mentioned is £10million. Rafa Benitez had allowed the England U21 keeper to go out on loan as his first team chances were limited but had said he didn't want to sell him. However Carson has been an ever present for Villa and has since been called up into the main England squad.

Carson has hinted before that he would be open to a permanent deal and obviously wouldn't want to return to Anfield next year to just sit on the bench again as he is hot on the heals of the hapless Spurs keeper Paul Robinson and the ageing David James for the England No 1 shirt.

The second rumour? Well, it is in The People so lets hope it is just plucked from nowhere, but I don't like it one bit!

They claim, in a story by Alan Nixon, that Chelsea are after Villa skipper Gareth Barry.

Apparently Avram Grant is after the man who replaced Frank Lampard in the England team. The price mentioned is £15million.

Now fair enough, this is all paper talk but the worry is that Frank Lampard has refused to sign a new contract with the London outfit and it is thought he might be on his way to sunny Spain. Who better to replace him than the quality that is Gareth Barry?

The People further suggest that Steve Sidwell or Shaun Wright-Phillips might be offered as part payment.

With claret and blue tinted spectacles on, I'd say never in a million years but if you were Gareth Barry, what would you do?

He is 26 years old and approaching the peak of his game, he wants to play at the highest level he can and that includes the champions league. He joined us in 1997 and hasn't once been close to winning anything with the club. He was close to going last year before the arrival of Martin O'Neill and the money of Randy Lerner. I remember his quotes before the summer transfer window saying he was excited at the prospect of top signings coming to Villa to help push Villa upwards. The same summer we saw Nigel Reo-Coker, Marlon Harewood and Mustapha Work Permit bought. Does that match his ambitions?

Gulp. I hope so.

I'd hate to see Barry go, he has been my favourite player for a good few years because when the chips are down and players go missing on the pitch, he rolls up his sleeves and gets stuck in. He is a quality player and we should build the team around him. Trouble is money talks and Chelsea money talks louder than most. If they did approach we should have SWP, Sidwell AND some money!

Might be time for the rumours thread at the top of the page soon if this gossip is the start of things to come!

Writer:J P Fear
Date:Sunday October 28 2007
Time: 10:55AM


Noooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooo. NOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOO ! Oh and yes to Scott Carson!
The Fear
28/10/2007 10:57:00
We have already tried to get SWP and Sidwell. Even with Ian Wright suggesting to Shaun that he should come to Villa, he has blown us out. I know people who know Sidwell and he was all set to go to Newcastle before Chelsea came in for him, again blowing us out into 3rd or 4th place. So hopefully this paper talk is just talk!!!
28/10/2007 11:18:00
dont believe it,think it is only some numpty making ***** up 2 fill the paper pages.barry far too similar a player 2 mikel and even essien for them 2 be interested in him,even if he did go there could see him sitting on their bench for long spells and be wasted and ruined like so many others that have done the same thing eg. sidwell and swp.although would take the 2 mentioned above and carson 2 as he is the next england goalkeeper in waiting in my opinion.
Belfast Villain
28/10/2007 11:21:00
would Barry even want to go to chelsea? surely with the club captaincy here and Mon he couldnt leave.
28/10/2007 11:39:00
why on earth should barry want to leave he could go to chelski and sit on the bench that wouldnt do is england career any good what so ever,i think he knows where is bread is buttered and hes not short of a few pennies in the old tommy tank so unless mon said we dont want you any more [god for bid] he will be staying with us for a good few more years,just hope we get the sort of players we were promised to build around him.
28/10/2007 11:57:00
I cannot see GB wanting to go Russian into such a move! His future at Chelsea would be cloudy to say the least - look what's happened to so many players ensnared into their net. Having decided not to go Spurs-way, Barry will give MON at least 2 years to build a Europe-competing side. What might happen THEN is the question imho...
28/10/2007 12:04:00
I dont think it would happen,and we'd be more than entitled to ask for more than 15mil,15 mil and swp Id take.10 mil for Carson is a joke.
28/10/2007 12:08:00
The article says it all though doesn't it. Who has MON signed to signify to Barry that he can fulfill his ambitions here. 5 year plan and then Barry is too old to enjoy it!
28/10/2007 12:39:00
Carson yes, Would Barry want to sit on a bench or be a record breaking legend for Villa? If we can match his ambitions I can't see him leaving, if not, who knows
28/10/2007 12:42:00
what worries me is MON having £15m to spend, we could get 4 more petrovs, harewoods, or Zat Knights ! £10m for Carson ? - worth about half that - he hasn't done anything wrong - but he isn't exactly sparkling either - average keeper.
28/10/2007 14:58:00
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