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O'Neill Loves The Transfer Window

Martin O'Neill has once again stated how much he loves the transfer windows and enjoys dealing within the time constraints.... or at least I think that is what he is trying to say!

The Villa boss said on, 'I think the January transfer window is a nonsense. You can butter it up all you like, but it's a nonsense. It puts an enormous strain on football clubs knowing they can't do business from February 1 onwards to try and bring in some players. Their whole season could rest on what they did in the transfer window. There has been a general price hike anyway because of the TV money but you can imagine what it's like when it's condensed into one month.'

'Ironically, we had a super January when we took on Ashley Young. It was £8m at the time. There was a flutter of eyelids at the tag, even though now we realise what great value he's been. We swapped John Carew with Milan Baros, which I think was good business for the football club and Shaun Maloney came in at the 11th hour. All three players have made major contributions.'

'The same thing is expected this time around but every club is chasing the same type of player. You could pick out five quality players and I'm sure every one of them would add something to the squad. Going out and getting them is a different issue. Going out and getting them in January is a different issue again.'

Sod that, just bid....they'll come.... easy as!!!!!!!!!!!!

The pressure is certainly on but surely to pursuade players to come when we are 6th and equal on points with the fourth place team is an easier task than last year, lets get some top business done and see where the season takes us, we surely can't be as lucky in the run up to the end of the season as we have been up til now with injuries and suspensions?

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Writer: J P Fear Mail feedback, articles or suggestions

Date:Saturday January 12 2008

Time: 6:44PM

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I expect us to close some deals this week. We've got a bit of momentum about us right now, and people can see we're level with 4th place Liverpool. The iron is hot Mr O'Neill, STRIKE NOW.
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12/01/2008 18:47:00

Bloody hell, we don't want him going on strike just when we need him evoflash :oP
Villain Of The North
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12/01/2008 18:51:00

mmm cheese
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12/01/2008 18:57:00

Happy days!! UTV :D
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12/01/2008 19:11:00

I am just happy we are doing the business on the pitch.When something happens i will get excited.There are two many things that can screw a deal up,so fingers crossed we can get some lads in.Just looked at the league table and thought..F**k me, with abit of luck we could maybe get 4th!!..have we come some way or what in 1 and a half seasons!!...UTV
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12/01/2008 19:29:00

I think the larger squads will inevitably take the fourth spot, most liekely liverpool, although they've stopped looking up and should be worried about the teams on the same points as them. Good times for Villa, finally after the taylor/odreary era
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12/01/2008 19:33:00

well said onelovevilla, Im sure fans think all you need to do is click your fingers dangle a chequebook and the player comes running... Its about careful bidding and then skilled negotiations... Maybe you can just throw money at players and they il come running but all you end up with is a Newcaste scenario, the players running the club. I for one am totally happy with MON slow measured approach to eam building. More of the same I hope..
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12/01/2008 19:47:00

Haha, Salifou is my man of the match! And what a man!
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12/01/2008 19:48:00

I see Liverpool are chasing Defoe and my guess is if he has a choice he will go there. I often think Defoe has an inflated opinion of his abilities and so believes he should be the number one at one of the top four. This despite the fact that two different managers at Spurs have him as fourth choice because they have three better ones. As for other strikers I am not sure, we are linked with Doyle but on todays performance i can't see why. Whoever we buy I am sure MON will get more out of them and improve them it what he seems to do. The performance today was superb and the front three of Gabby, Carew, and Young were outstanding. Really looking forward to rest of the season.
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12/01/2008 20:00:00

Why do people think defoe has this bad attitude? I'm not sure what he's ever done to deserve that. The guy has consistently bagged goals no matter what we think we need, not to mention the fact he's never once moaned about wanting to play, only said when his contract is up for renewal that he wants to be playing regularly before he signs one. I think the guy is quality and would be a major asset to our squad. I'd be willing to bet if pool did go in for him, that we'd still be in with a better shout, as he'd probably be in a worse off position in terms of playing time, esp given benitez's rotation style.
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12/01/2008 20:10:00

he's one of the few who does then!
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12/01/2008 20:24:00

Johnny, you haven't seen that Wags program where Defoe turned up just to stir between the girls and couldn't say a sentence without a couple of Innits included. Not to mention the bling. I may be doing him an injustice and only saw 5 mins but that was more than enough.
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12/01/2008 20:27:00

We only need 1 striker. Barring any major injuries 8 more wins will see us in Europe and we now have only 16 games left so we should be O.K. We don't need any trouble makers disrupting the dressing room which is working together so well.
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12/01/2008 20:35:00

give laursen what he wants if he wants to fnish his career at the villa so be it, martin make him sign now dont let him slip through our fingers the man is class and we need to build our team around him. make him our first signing in january please
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12/01/2008 23:10:00

If we only get one signing, then it has to be Martin Laursen. MON .... do something!!
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13/01/2008 00:03:00

I think the Holte End sent out a pretty clear message to MON at Villa Park yesterday with regards Martin Laursen. Sign him up.
Adam Deuce
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13/01/2008 07:16:00

not sure building a team around a defender is the way forward but I see your point and should sign him up. MONs no fool, he will be trying to sign him for sure.
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13/01/2008 13:54:00

Think that getting Martin Laursen signed up has to be a, if not the, priority. Hopefully then MON can bring in a quality right full back, and a proven quality finisher. Those three transactions would then complete a very successful January in my opinion, and make our chances of securing a top six finish that more realistic.
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13/01/2008 16:10:00

tylervilla, I don't think MON is building the team around Laursen?? to me he seems to build the team around the youngsters like Young and Gabby. MON sign him up ASAP! there has only ever been one God, but I'm sure Laursen could be his apprentice!
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14/01/2008 09:15:00

The clock is well and truly ticking Martin. Hope we're in there and pitching. Lets not throw this promising position out of the window.
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14/01/2008 14:56:00

For someone who loves the window, he's hardly setting the month alight.
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15/02/2008 15:17:00


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