The Villa Times - 05/01/2007
Unoial Villa News...
Jason Burt has a report in The Independent suggesting that Villa and Manchester City have both officially approached Newcastle United about the availability of Nigerian striker Obafemi Martins. The report also suggests that Portsmouth and Tottenham Hotspur are also keeping a watching brief. The Independent revealed last summer that the 23-year-old has a release clause of £13m in his contract and they claim that Villa are prepared to pay that to get him whilst the player prefers a move to Manchester City. Full article: Click Here
Our latest poll asks who you would prefer, Martins, Crouch or Defoe out of the strikers we've been linked with.
Nigel Hokey-Cokey has said that Villa can repeat his exploits of last season when West Ham did the double over Manchester United. He says that Villa are capable of progressing in the FA Cup this afternoon and 62% of Vital Villans agree as our poll results show. That left 34% predicting we'll 'lose, it is traditional' and 4% saying we'll draw. The Villa midfielder told avfc.co.uk how much he was looking forward to the game 'It should be a fantastic atmosphere....Any team is beatable. It depends how you apply yourself. I am a firm believer that it doesn't matter who my opponent is, as long as I do my job to the best of my ability and compete, then anything is possible.' Full quotes: Click Here
Olof Mellberg says that Villa need some consistency. Mellberg will be making his 250th appearance in claret and blue since joining in July 2001. He missed the third round tie last season through suspension, so he is relishing the opportunity to put over our Cup bogey team in what may be his last season at the club. But he knows unless Villa can find some consistency and actually play in both halves of the game, we don't stand a chance against the inform Mancs. Full article: Click Here
Martin O'Neill says he wants to get Martin Laursen, recently linked with Spurs, signed up to a new deal 'I've spoken to Martin Laursen's agent and we're in the throes of putting some sort of proposals together. We're listening and we're talking now. We desperately and definitely want to keep him.' Full article: Click Here
He also said of Olof Mellberg, 'As for Olof, we're trying to do all we can. Olof's point is he has been at this club for seven years and this is an important contract for him. But his contribution here this season at right-back has been terrific.'
German Bundesliga side VfL Wolfsburg have been linked with Villa’s Thomas Sorenson who looks set to make an exit having become third choice keeper.
Gareth Barry says Villa don't need to worry about our record against Man Utd as the Cup often brings about shock results. On the draw he told the official site he was pleased to be drawn at home then saw we were against United saying that was 'the worst team you could dream of drawing in the competition. Saying that, we're very confident at the moment. We'll be taking it like a cup tie and we won't worry about our record against them - because it's not great. This is the FA Cup and that means plenty of shocks.'
Former Villa keeper Stefan Postma could be on his way to Queens Park Rangers. The 31-year-old is currently playing in the Dutch Juliper League (is that good or bad?!?) with ADO Den Haag and told De Telegraaf 'This is an enormous chance for me. I am extremely happy that I can start keeping clean sheets in goal in England again.'
With Aston Villa taking on Manchester United in the F.A. Cup on Saturday afternoon, the heroes of the last claret and blue cup final win will be honoured before kick-off. It’s 51 years since Aston Villa were the holders of the F.A. Cup and the club have opted to use Saturday’s match to honour the members of the cup winning squad. Nigel Sims, Peter McParland and Jackie Sewell will all attend the game and will be presented to the crowd before the game starts. Pre-match highlights will include video footage of the match that finished 2-1 to the Villans. Full article: Click Here
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Martin O'Neill says he isn't bothered by what Luke Moore's agent said about the striker wanting to leave to play first team football adding in the Birmingham Mail: 'I never get overly excited by what agents say. It's not a problem - players play the games. The one thing about this team is that they give everything they have possibly got while they're here, so I haven't a problem with it. I'm incredibly proud of the players. Agents can say what they want and, generally speaking, when you ask an agent why they said something, they say they didn't say anything.'
Thought for the day: Hangmen always keep their customers in the loop.