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Villa Boss Looking For New Recruits

Martin O'Neill has been speaking about the transfer window again. I'm really not sure that it is a good idea. I know he will be asked and asked by the press, but after last summer and the lack of activity, I'm sure it would be better to say no comment and then just parade any new signings in front of the Villa faithful once the deal is done?

According to the official site he has the green light to spend (not sure there was ever a red light was there?) and the Villa boss said:

'We have a good platform and we want to try and do something in the market. I would like to build the squad up a bit. Last January it was imperative that I did something. I still think it is really important this time, and we have been fortunate with injuries. If we had encountered the same problems as West Ham this season with injuries then we would be in almighty trouble. We have got opportunities next month to add to our numbers. I accept you sometimes have to pay over the odds in January - but it is something we need to address.'

Lets hope this January brings us the cheer we were expecting last summer, maybe the targets he needs are now clearer and hopefully the main men he wants available.




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The Journalist

Writer: J P Fear Mail feedback, articles or suggestions

Date:Sunday December 23 2007

Time: 3:50PM

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Get signing you feckin fecker!
BodyButter
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23/12/2007 17:25:00

"I accept you sometimes have to pay over the odds." This is an intriguing and promising comment.
Carlosio
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23/12/2007 17:53:00

I think we are trying decode what MON says. Past experience shows this is a waste of time. This time last year he signed Ashley Young for around 9m - after saying he wouldn't be held to ransom (a good move though) Last summer he told us to expect 'Carew' caliber signings - and unveiled Zat Knight & Marlon Harewood.
graydon
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23/12/2007 18:04:00

Not holding my breath this time around, guess you live and learn. We need additional faces, no disputing that assessment, and they need to be quality too, proven performers. Obviously MON's involvement in the transfer market throughout January will have a huge bearing on how we can expect the remainder of the campaign to pan out.
glensider
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23/12/2007 21:06:00

O'neill certainly surprised everyone with most of his dealings in close season. So my advice to everyone expect nothing then if anyone of quality arrives, maybe even a rb? it will be a bonus! If we can get in the players we need Top6 will be a realistic target.
villacross
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23/12/2007 23:59:00

MON should have learnt his lesson in the transfer market with Liverpool and Newcastle pulling the plug on the Millner and Riise deals at the last minute. Get the players we Interested in signed sealed and delivered rather than hang about for something to happen. More quality like Young please and a right back would be nice.
col8
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24/12/2007 08:53:00

We should players in place within the first week at the latest, every point dropped makes it harder to qualify for europe. MON get your bloody finger out and spend Randy's dosh.
Donzarra
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24/12/2007 09:15:00

Lessons learned, I for one will expect nothing to happen quickly.I don't think my heart or patience can take another transfer window!Whatever will be, will be.We are getting better so any additions of quality will help the cause.I also hope Moore and Cahill don't go.Then again I'm not the boss!!..In MON we trust.UTV
OneloveVilla
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24/12/2007 09:51:00

Agree OneloveVilla. MON hasn't done too badly to date, although arguably his signings, or lack of, have been the one dark cloud of his Villa Park managerial reign. Lets just wait and see, and not get our hopes too high.
glensider
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26/12/2007 21:06:00

 

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