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According to several papers today, including The Mirror, Sheffield United boss Bryan Robson wants to take on-loan defender Gary Cahill permanently in the January transfer window. The reports say that Robson has asked his loan period to be extended until the clubs can agree on a fee said to be in the region of £1.5million. Great, we buy an average defender - 27 year old Zat Knight - from a very average club - Fulham - for £3.5million and get rid of a young (21) up and coming local product. Suppose the only question to ask is (if the report is true) why?

Meanwhile Liverpool full back John Arne Riise has ruled out a move away from Anfield having been linked to Villa. Riise told the club's website: 'There was a story about me moving to Aston Villa in January. He said on the rumour 'I was away with the national team at the time and Liverpool are quite big in Norway so a lot of people were asking me about it. But it's completely false. I have 18 months left on my contract here and have no intention of leaving. Liverpool is the club closest to my heart and it's where I belong.'

Other reports over the past week have been linking Scott Carson with a permanent move to Aston Villa again with the reports once again suggesting that there is an arrangement in place between the two clubs to allow a permanent move at a set fee. The fee mentioned is a record breaking £10million. However this flies totally in the face of what Martin O'Neill has said several times about no such agreement being in place.

This is one signing I'd love to see made permanent, he could be our and England's No 1 for many years to come, and it looks like he might well get his chance of picking up his first full cap for England this Friday in the friendly v Austria. The Daily Mail claim that if he impresses, he will keep his place for the Euro qualifier v Croatia. Another reason for Carson to want to stay at Villa one would hope as he is guaranteed first team football with us and can see the size and potential of Villa knowing he could well be plying his trade in Europe within the next few seasons.

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Writer: J P Fear Mail feedback, articles or suggestions

Date:Tuesday November 13 2007

Time: 11:22AM

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I hope there is an agreement in place, as his rise to England No.1 could see his value soar even further, plus I understand Arsenal are looking for a new keeper! :(
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13/11/2007 11:44:00

Spurs are also said to be sniffing round Carson...but they've got no chance!
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13/11/2007 11:47:00

You need to get him ASAP before somebody else snaps him up. Is a great keeper.
will it ever happen
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13/11/2007 12:05:00

4 signings are needed in Jan to make sure we qualify for Europe. A right back (Hoyte? Not playing) a left back (Matty Taylor Not 1st choice) and two strikers (Defoe Not playing and Crouch Not playing) please! The need for these players are all there to be seen. Mellberg is no right back and even though Bouma is having his best spell I still don't think he's good enough. We need our full backs going past our midfielders and providing attacking options i.e Ashley Cole, Evra etc. Mellberg and Bouma never do this and if they do their crosses are dreadful. We need a 30/40 a season striker partnership and I think Defoe and Crouch can get us the goals. I know getting these players will cost a lot but we will make it back in qualifying for Europe. Starting 11 after Jan. Carson, Hoyte, Laursen, Melberg, Taylor, Gabby, Barry, Reo, Young, Crouch, Defoe.
In MON we trust!
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13/11/2007 12:19:00

Oh I just realised there's 9 english players in that team.....brilliant!!
In MON we trust!
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13/11/2007 12:21:00

I hate commenting about MON as I think he is a v.good manager, but some of his transfer decisions do seem a bit weird. Both Cahill and Davies are certainly better prospects than Zat Knight so why the tal;k of selling Gary Cahill? We have a surfeit of centre backs on the books and with Knights self admitted tendency to loose concentration probalbly he is the least likely to succeed. I wonder why he is still being played. What he has got that I can't see and MON can. Please don't let Cahill go, he is the real future.
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13/11/2007 12:27:00

After the last two windows I have decided I know nothing about players and transfers. If Cahill is allowed to leave, it will confirm my total lack of understanding - might even pack in going to the games if I misunderstand them so much.
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13/11/2007 12:37:00

I think MON clearly knows who he wants and who he doesn't. Although his judgements have been a little weird at first you can see the method in his madness. Despite knight's reputation you can't argue with the facts, he did make it to opta's top whatever it was. I'm not sure we should be targeting people who aren't making the first team at top teams. Crouch didn't work before, and with our rep that strikers flop at villa he's not worth the risk. We need to unearth young talent the way wenger does.
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13/11/2007 12:55:00

Agree with Gordonsleftboot. Massive fan of Cahill, I really rate him. Everything a centre half needs. Good in the air, brave, good tactical awareness and comfortable in possession. Are we not seeing something? My signings in January would be Boswinga or Hoyte for right back, SWP or Milner or similar player for wide right, possibily Matt Taylor for left side and either Defoe or Bent up front if Spuds will release either. Gabby MUST continue to play up front and not be pushed into a wide right position. In my opinion that is, but as I appear to be wrong about Cahill maybe I am wrong about this as well. UTV
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13/11/2007 13:06:00

when we have a right back i think we will see less of knight,but bear in mind knight isnt doing badly at all.
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13/11/2007 13:13:00

The Gary Cahill story concerns me. Hopefully its only a rumour floating around in the press, although young Cahill is surely now at a stage in his career when he needs to be looking for regular first team football. He's not going to wait around forever at VP on the off-chance that he might get the odd game or two.
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13/11/2007 13:18:00

We're 4 points off 4th with a game in hand a quarter of the way through the season... Even though we've not been playing at our best in every game, that's some achievement.
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13/11/2007 13:23:00

Jonathan, Gary Cahill is not a local product - he's from Sheffield.
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13/11/2007 14:00:00

I think you guys really need to try and buy carson from liverfool, he's a good keeper and he seems to fit in really well too.imo
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13/11/2007 14:21:00

We have to buy Carson!!! No doubt about it. We definitely need a RB but apparently MON already has that position sorted. I think a goalscorer whether it be a midfielder or forward is needed. Getting rid of Cahill will be a loss but i trust MON to do the right thing. (he hasn't done too badly so far has he???)
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13/11/2007 14:48:00

Harsh on Knight! He has had one awful game admittedly, and is unfortunately liable to lose concentration, but he really has not let the team down Man Utd excepted. He had a couple of vital interceptions against the Blues, scored against Chelsea, offers an arial threat at corners etc. No he is no Vidic, Toure, Carragher, Laursen, ferdinand, Terry, Carvalho, I accept that and if a Right back is bought then he will in all probability lose his place to Mellberg, now quite where Cahill and Davies fit in is anyones guess! "0 goal a season striker is a priority, quite where you find them and how much they cost lord only knows, so Carson, a proven right back,(no idea who may have to be from abroad) an up and coming right back, (Hoyte, Boyce, a useful championship player maybe) a midfield dominator, back up for Wilffy boy on the left to push him for a place, Big striker (Doyle) to push Carew and then another pacey forward jobs a good un. Dont want much do we
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13/11/2007 19:06:00

As far as I'm concerned we're still in desperate need of a quality central midfielder to play with Barry. NRC isn't good enough to take us up to the next level and we need a bit of quality width.
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13/11/2007 22:07:00

I think that that is the plan SMOKIEJACK. Of course, Rafa might have something to say about our intentions.
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13/11/2007 22:28:00

I am Glad JAR has distanced himself a few Liverpool fans on talk sport were asking for him to be off loaded as he had lost it. But it would be a travesty if we were to sell a bright young talent like Cahill after we have squandered money on both Zat & Curtis. Hold your hands up MON & admit most of your purchases have been for inflated prices & poor quality
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14/11/2007 09:00:00

FatKev poor quality? are you serious? 4 points behind 4th place ofter 12 games, with a game in hand? Poor Quality? Knight was better than Laursen in the Derby game. I think too many people understimate MON man management skills. I cannot see any poor quality signings, just NRC slightly out of form, but will come back like Petrov has. That is the whole reason MON has these players, strong minded and fight for the team. Poor quality......what do we need to do? i am afraid Ronaldinho is not quite going to sign yet.
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14/11/2007 09:27:00

These comments about us needing another midfielder are intersting. Do you realise we may already have him? If reports are to bge believed then Salifou may well fit the bill. I am looking forward to seeing him in a Villa shirt.
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14/11/2007 09:50:00

salifou has been playing well for the reserves,he deserves his chance he also is not afraid to hit the ball from distance
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14/11/2007 11:55:00

My opinion on Salifou is for MON to make absolutely sure that he is going to be comfortable in his first Prem match, and I think he will do that. We see too many 'talents' being thrown on too soon, suffering during their first match, then negative comments in the press and from fans. Let's give the guy every chance to get up to speed first, then cut him loose.
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14/11/2007 17:48:00

there's no way scott will go to spurs hes way to settled here already and just look at the league table!
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14/11/2007 17:54:00

Agree with villabikes. Scott seems happy with the club, we seem to be in pole position. If we want him, and can agree a few with Liverpool, then I'd say that we've got him.
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15/11/2007 20:58:00


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