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January Transfer Window Thread Pt2

Oh dear. The second part of our transfer gossip thread, only 14 days to go and no arrivals to date!

We are being hotly linked with Jermain Defoe, apart from that there seems little in the form of gossip or expectation of imminent signings. There also seems to be talk of Gary Cahill being given permission to listen to the offer on the table from the Blues. Surely not? :o(

For part one I said:

'Ok, here we go, I've resisted temptation up until now, but what the heck. Lets get all the transfer rumours, links, wishes and gossip going again in our January Transfer window thread. During the summer we had a thread that ended up running to ten parts with nearly 4000 comments, most of them on the frustrations, lets hope this January Transfer thread will be all positive and full of arrivals.'

Lets hope that still remains the case, after all, the window doesn't shut until midnight January 31st and who can forget our last minute business in the summer when on the stroke of 12 midnight we clinched the signing of Moustapha Work Permit..... ahem, cough cough!

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Writer: J P Fear Mail feedback, articles or suggestions

Date:Thursday January 17 2008

Time: 7:53PM

Your Comments

get defoe barnes riise and chimbonda in and i'll be happy
villavillavilla
no riise is poo. hope cahill stays, misjudgement by mon if he lets him go
krisvilla
where did u here that defoe said he would only come to vila krisvilla?
villavillavilla
pardon? Defoe said he'd come to villa?
krisvilla
u sed in the other transfer thing that he said he would not move to the north east
villavillavilla
I didnt, think you got me mistaken villa villa villa
krisvilla
He turned down MiddleVilla offer due to them being in the NE of England, this is a fact, and the fact that he wanted to stay close to London. Plus MiddleVilla are she ite
KSarge1
Sorry to miss out on Diarra and Matt Taylor. Really hope Defoe comes. Any chance of James Milner or David Bentley?
krfeskivilla
I'd love to see Milner back at VP. I guess everyone up there will want to stay to see how KK gets on. Cahill to Blues, even on loan, is not good. I don't have a problem with him going out on loan but to Blues!!?? I can't see that they are going to be welcoming him with open arms after 'That Goal'.
Adam Deuce
Defoe deal is done with just his signing on fee to be sorted as he has not asked to leave. 8M up front with add ons. L Moore to leave for 3M with Derby now interested. Villa have Doyle in the background should the Defoe deal stall.
tarzansbrother
ayyy?? where u hear that?
krisvilla
Not to bothered about Cahill its not as though any decent clubs want him and if this new defender we are linked with arrives he would be 5th in the order here. He wants to play can't blame him for that. Judging from MONS comments in the paper tonight I guess a right back is going to have to wait not sure about riise and barnes it seems to have gone quiet although Derby seem to have new midfielders coming in and i saw a report somewhere that they were prepared to sell.
daveldvilla
i thought der wa a uefa rule dat meant u cant play for more than 2 teams in a season? tarzansbro were did ya hear dat?
Beefy10
Hey Fear!! Leave Sali, Salifoooou alone! He will be a villa legend!
simonbigron
We are also vying to sign defender Nedum Onuoha for 6m from Manchester City, according to that bastion of truth The Sun. Can you not spell Beefy10?
glensider
Geeeeeerrrrrrrrrrbbbillllll......Come on Villa, close out the Gerbil Defoe deal. We'll end up losing him to someone else. - - - - - - What ever happened to 'Th' ?
evoflash
Agreed simonbigron, not having a go at him, he hasn't had a chance yet, but you have to admit it wasn't the big signing everyone was praying for!!!!!
The Fear
Why gerbil????!!!!
The Fear
Defoe might sign, or we will turn to Doyle, Moore will leave, LMAO. Does Tarzans brother ever come up with anything other than the most likely senarios?
mackaavfc
Gerbil sounds funny to me. :-) and he looks a bit like one too. Would be a great great signing.
evoflash
lol, thanks for clearing that up then evoflash, clear as mud that!!!!! ;o))
The Fear
Please let us sign Defoe today, please please please.
KSarge1
We should strike now while the iron is hot (we may not be level points with liverpool next time - right now we are an attractive proposition). If its just a case of attracting players then why dont we try for players like Bentley now. If we get injuries and drop down the table it could be a struggle to attract players in the summer. Go get em martin.
tylervilla
Or we could end up in europe and nick everyone else players. James Milner included
PTP
Fulham have signed Norway defender Brede Hangeland from FC Copenhagen for an undisclosed fee. Remember him from the summer rumour mill? Will be interesting to see how he does...
bazzah
I wouldn't want James Milner back at Villa after he announced that staying at Villa would have been a mistake. Fickle I know, but I want undoubted, unswerving commitment. - - - - - - - TylerVilla, I agree wholeheartedly. Now is the time to be saying to prsopective players "look at the league....wanna join?" - - - -
evoflash
Did he say that? Dickhead.
PTP
Aston Villa boss Martin o'Neill has rubbished reports that Jermain defoe has had talks with the club. "It's absolutely untrue," he said. (BBC Radio West Midlands 1513 GMT) - - - -- - - - - - - - From the BBC website
evoflash
Why bring in talent that may spoil the current team. Better off waiting 'til the summer?
storagematt
Apparently Celtic's Strachen is thinking of putting in a 4m bid for Noble at West Ham. From what I have seen of him this would be good business. I know we are ok in CM but would he offer us something different?
CLVilla
The Defoe story is codswallop as he's in dispute wth his agent, the gorgeous Sky Andrew!
tarzan
this is why i hate the trasfer window, i always feel dissapointed, the defoe thing is a prime example. why arent we splashing some cash showing some ambition to cement out push for europe?
Stig
Its not rubish just because MON said he hasn't spoken to him. I still believe its happening, think MON would just rather deny it, keep it behind closed doors. He may not have spoken to him or spurs but I think he will be soon enough.
PTP
Defoe up front. NO Doubt. There is no better option than him. We need fullbacks who are comfortable on the ball and attacking. They need PACE. Stop moaning about how difficult the market is because I see teams like Portsmouth and Newcastle busy all the time. What's so attractive about those clubs and not villa? We are playing better, birmingham is a nice area, and we are in position to even push for CL!!!! This is just ridiculous to me.
los_angeles_villan
If Defoe doesn't want to join us, so what. we move on, I'd be more interested in a swap for Vorsell with Cahill. The noses have just signed Samaras! They are spend cash like nobodys business. O'neil is like a Scotsman in the transfer window "every pound s a prisoner!"
tarzan
o neil has said that he hasnt had any contact with defoe, because he could get into trouble with tottenham or fa for saying he had made contact with the player. o neil has not denied any interest and sorces say a bid is immient according to sky sports website.
mshaw18
Is it squeaky bum time yet? the scum are buying for fun.
villain76
Who cares that The Blouse are spending money. Would you honestly want any of the players they have signed ? All some people ever do is moan and whine about what is happening at our club. Think back 2 years when we we're struggling in the league. We could only see us going further down with O'Leary and Ellis and then imagine we are 6th in league, level on points with fourth place and have a very good manager and a Chairman who doesn't make stupid comments and provides money from his own pocket. Oh ****, you don't have to imagine because its true. Now stop moaning and lets wait and see what happens come 31st January.
notthedougellisstand
african cup of naitons is due soon. i wonder if the villa scouts will be heading that way?
Eaton_thevillafan
Well said nothedougellisstand! I get *****ed off with people moaning all the time, some people don't know when they've got it good.
weller77
notthedougellisstand For the rest of the, you're my hero.
evoflash
Defoe played today and was captain. Then got subbed. His swansong?
evoflash
maybe, but not to go to us. I have a theory on the comments on Defoe from MON, we are in the process of getting a striker....that striker got worried about the Defoe rumours and who would be first choice etc....so whats the best way to deal with that - come out and say its nonsense. Fantasy maybe but I can hope.
tylervilla
i just want us to sign sum1! If we sign kevin doyle I litterally will cry! he is not what we need to get u into europe. i think he is incredibly average. Sidwell? and i no this wil sound incrediby daft but would it be worth a cheeky bid for michael owen? It is very likley that he would reject us but it would show an awful lot of intent i also think we should get wallcott on oan till the end of the season and play him n the right, if he's good great if he's not well we lose nothing.
villavillavilla
Start crying then because Doyle is coming to the Villa. Why on earth would you want to see the hasbeen called Owen coming to Villa?
tarzansbrother
Just listened to Defoe saying he isn't going anywhere and never was in Birmingham, let alone Bodymoor! He also said that Ramos had never told him he could leave, but wants him to stay!!! Also said he could have left anytime, there have been loads of offers but he turned them all down!! So it looks as though the Defoe for Villa crowd have been mugged by the cockney rags yet again. Glad to see JF is trying to pour some oil on troubled waters, We don't nedd another revolution, we all need to keep our nerve and trust in MoN.
Waldorf
Vorsell would be good
tarzan
Who is Vorsell? Do you mean Vassel?
evoflash
owen is a fraction of the player he once was. he'd be expensive at 3m. forget him
The Usual Suspect
tarzansbrother - what about the crouch/riise rumours? are they all tosh?
The Usual Suspect
Oil on troubled waters, thought it was a bridge over troubled waters?!? Not sure anyone is after a revolution are they? Randylution maybe! :o)
The Fear
Usual, I cant see Crouch coming after we let him go for a big loss first time. Riise ticks all the boxs for MON so he looks a good bet but Liverpool think all their players are world class and worth absolute millions. Doyle is the player I know MON wants and we all know a RB is needed but if clubs are asking 10m he will wait until close season and keep Mellberg who has done a cracking job.
tarzansbrother
thought I'd use a biblical reference, inspired by the three days of blanket coverage on the second coming of the Sky Sports messiah. I guess Vorsell is probably Forsell, who wants a slow weedy forward with a dodgy knee, I've seen more crocks at VP than Steve Irwin saw in a lifetime! Owens also a hasbeen, how about van Nistlwhatsit from Madrid?
Waldorf
Omg!Tarzan and tarzan's brother! u r saying u would want the donkey that is vasell, who u can't even spell! and u r calling one of he best finishers in the world as a bad signing. i would bite off his arm if he would come to villa. he is a proven top class striker who has been troubled with injuries t newcastle. so no one else thinks owen would be a good signing? but yeah cork cities finest would be brilliant,NOT!
villavillavilla
* and neither can i vassell
villavillavilla
Doyle is quality
Pking
VVV Owen WAS one the best finishers. Not any more and the foolish Geordies are paying him a kings ransom to keep their medical staff in a job.
tarzansbrother
I presume the great Michael Owen exhibited his finishing prowess in the messiahs second coming of attacking entertaining football 0-0 at home against high flyers Bolton. As for transfers if as is being reported Defoe is about to sign a contacrt extension at Spurs, good luck to him it is obvious he does not want to come to Villa..... so i for one wouldn't want him. If Doyle WANTS to come I think he may well prove to be a decent signing.
fatloser
under martin O'neil owen could be brilliant again.
villavillavilla
I meant Forsell, he can finish. Defoe has only been offered a new contract because a) non of the tp 4 came calling and b) Spurs haven't secured a foreign striker.
tarzan
Yes because martin o'neil can fix owen's long term injuries with his half time team talks. Don't be a fool. Owen is past it. He's never fit for more than 1 month out of six these days. What use would he be?
The Usual Suspect
I thought defoe had always been offered a new contract - but he was stalling, not them. Because he stalled he was told he could leave, now he's not leaving he's probably just going to sign the contract that was originally in front of him.
The Usual Suspect
in the gospel that is the News of the World , it says we are interested in Julio Baptista . If i remember rightly he didn't have the best of times at the arse , but i do remember he scored a quality hatrick . Could be perfect for us .
jaspervilla
Baptista of Madrid is linked to us and Man City (News of TW). Where do these links come from???????? As for Owen and his injuries.... MON sorted Laursen out by allowing him to choose his own training programme as did Big Ron with McGrath. when he plays he still has alot to offer and as for Fatlosers comments about the Bolton game, the Toon are so bad no-one would have much of a chance. Don't know about Doyle, could be a risk. As for Riise, why do we need another left sided player? Young isn't as effective on the right. We have Barry, Maloney, Berger, Young but no one to play on the right. Not even Gabby who I think MON will put there if a forward comes. Could be 4th very soon so MON aint doing to bad!!!
Gazvilla
Owen has already seen the american medical specialists, after the last world cup, and it hasn't done him much good. Laursen's surgery, on the other hand, was a complete success - the results are obvious. Don't put too much weight in the training regime, it has more to do with the corrective surgery. Owen looks like he'll never be fit again. If he was fully fit once more he'd go to one of the big four - why do you think they're not sniffing around?
The Usual Suspect
Folks, no text talk on Vital Villa please (thumbs up smiley)
The Fear
Actually i do, and i can write in english.
The Usual Suspect
Low self-esteem though. Go on, give yourself a capital 'I'. You deserve it. You've suffered like the rest.
evoflash
Owen would be a bad punt i believe. And how much of a transfer fee would he command? the Geordies paid 17 million for him and i dont believe he has scored more than 10 goals for them. All ways on the medical table. His knees and ligaments are alot worse than Laursens and it allways going to take him longer to recover. and he is going to want more than 60k a week for playing for us. saying that if he was 100% and injury free then id have im in a heart beat. The most pressing matter was getting laursen on a contract. DONE. Now a RB and a RM and we are sorted! Sriker would be nice bit we seem to be scoring well at the moment. Hopefully this transfer window will all click into place!
Eaton_thevillafan
Totally agree with Eaton on Owen, just another mealticket signing! We need to look at younger players with no major injuries. Top english striker in the Prem at the moment Dave Kitson! scores a lot of goals in an average side, but not my cup of tea, I want us to win the FA Cup.
Waldorf
Yeah and let me go back a week. Kitson was fantastic! Did he even touch the ball?
villavillavilla
Keegan made Owen captain, I think that tells us he is not going to sell him.
tylervilla
evo perhaps you're right. I do deserve a capital I. I feel better already.
The Usual Suspect
But tell me, why is evoflash spelt with a little "e"?
The Usual Suspect
Owen has lost it. He tries tricks and to run round people these days. All he is good at is running into space as long as the ball is played to his feet. Good finisher but with his injury record and the fact that he has lost a lot of pace.....
Villan444
Haha, good spot. It's a login thing I guess. - - - - No go Defoe? - - - - shame.
evoflash
Birmingham have been given permission to talk to Aston Villa's Gary Cahill as of now! Small squad mmmm
tarzan
January 21st. 10 days left. No signings in sight. Is it just me that's starting to worry?
VillaYamYam
It concerns me that we are looking to off load two players today, is Mellberg off too?
tarzan
Martin rates Zat higher than Gary then?
tarzan
So Cahill is off, I am a very very big fan of MON but something does not smell right here. Why offloading and no players in yet? I can understand if Melberg is going to stay and a RB has been signed. Who knows? Something is about to happen, but i am not sure what!
KSarge1
I'm not sure either. I'm still concerned that our strongest links relate to players leaving. MON has said time and time again we need a larger squad. If Cahill does go (as seems likely AND wrongly), the mathematician in me says a minimum of two players would need to come in to increase the size of the squad.
VillaYamYam
Let's face it, not even Man U keep players happy with zero game time. Cahill would only play if Laursen and Davies got injured simultaneously. Doyle and another - take your pick. Defoe willl be off if Ramos can find a quality foreigner.
tarzan
I am wondering whether the money is actually there, maybe the strong has caused RL to tighten the money belts? Maybe i am being a little negative? There appears to be a plan, but players do not seem to be arriving as MON may want.
KSarge1
It's very difficult to speculate, as only MON knows who he wants. I must say that he's got rid of players quickly who aren't up to it. This "waiting for RB until January" seems to have died a death.
tarzan
Podolski's available on loan.... just thought i'd mention Martin, if you're reading this.
Carlosio
Lads, lads, lads. Cast your minds back and remember that Mr O'Neill is a last minute deal clincher. I'm willing to bet he hasn't even started looking around yet. Just relax, hold tight and you'll see. He WILL deliver. You'll see.
evoflash
I agree, evo. We can demand action all we want, but none of us know what MON thinks and wants in his players. It's all well and good asking for Kitson and Bosingwa and Miguel etc, but with big name players, there's always a risk that they will disturb the peace and rhythm. We need players, yes, but in our position, we need the right players. January isn't ideal either, which doesn't help. MON got us to where we are, i'm happy to let him do what he wants to do.
Carlosio
Gentlemen, your faith encourages me. Let's revisit this on February 1st and see where we are.
VillaYamYam
The thing I wonder about is whether he does have a plan. I thought when Delaney retired, Hughes was sold and Bardsley was sent back - what is MON planning - we must be getting a top top name in!!! Reminded me about letting James go - big mistake what is planned then Schmeichel is paraded at a press conference!! Awesome!! Now by letting Cahill possibly leave has he someone lined up this time?? Or are we waiting to jump on a merry-go-round of United getting Bosingwa, Hutton giving up on moving to MUFC and going to Spurs and us taking Chimbonda?? What is happening. I think that if Mellberg made a decent RB why not give Cahill a go???
deano.avfc
Chimbondas going to the Toon he's chasing the filthy looka!
tarzan
People need to trust MON we are on 40 points before the end of Jan and have taken points of Cheski and now Liverpool. All of MON's deals have worked, including Harewood, who was superb tonight proving those on this site who haver ever rated him as wrong. As for Cahill for me he is a good championship player but no better and he was tried at right back in the summer and according to reports he was awful. We will get in those players we need people just need to have faith in a Manager who has transformed us.
daveldvilla
Riise in the bag. 6M deal agreed.
tarzansbrother
Riise in the bag for 6m? Is the same as Doyle being a done deal and signing after the Reading game and Giles Barnes being on his way? I also thought you said Defoe was a done deal a week ago?
Hoss The Villain
As Ive said previously Riise and Barnes are the 2 players MON is after. Its out of Doyle of Defoe up front but looks like we will have to wait until the summer with both clubs not interested to do business. On last nights performance I can see MON waiting until the summer to replace Mellberg who I would keep and let go for free if he wants to move on in the summer.
tarzansbrother
How do you know who MON is after, are you really his brother?
Hoss The Villain
I understand Villa are chartering a mini bus to take all our new players to the estate agents in Lichfield!!
Jon.H
According to the Mercury, Hoyte wants to come but Wenger won't sell. Must admit I'd far rather buy Hoyte than Chimbonda who seems to be a bit of a mercenary.
Jon.H
Looks like Moore is off to Rangers as they have accepted Fulham's offer for Cousin. If we get 3.5m for him I would be more than happy. So over-rated. I think the last week of the window is going to see lots of movement in and out of Villa Park.
notthedougellisstand
I can`t see us buying anybody in this window! In fact come february we`ll have an even smaller squad after cahill and moore leave and possibly sorenson (if anyone will take him). It`ll be another case of more out than in. Even if we do manage to get one player at 2 minutes to midnight on the 31st (normal) I gaurentee we`ll still be down on numbers in an already thin squad.
dazh
We were linked to a young Columbian hotshot striker earlier today but I can't find the link. His nickname is 'Falcoe'.
Gazvilla
I think if we are willing to sell he must have some signings lined up. Keep the faith MON will bring them in.
tylervilla
oh...here is the falcoe link gazvilla (its Tribal football so I wouldnt put your mortgage on it) http://www.tribalfootball.com/article.php?id=75170
tylervilla
KSarge1- General Krulak has confirmed time and time again, both on this site and other fans' sites that O'Neill has Randy Lerners total financial support and there is absolutely no limit whatsoever on how much he spends either on transfer fees or players' wages. However I suspect O'Neil is on some form of financial performance based pay structure so he will treat Lerner's money just as if it were his own. That Lerner sure is a "cute cookie".
villacross
He aint heavy he's my brother....
tarzan
Looks like Chimbonda will be on his way of Hutton arrives
tarzan
Hoss, he really is my brother!
tarzan
Tarzan - Hoss is your brother?
Gazvilla
i thought MON was tarzans brother!
The Usual Suspect
Spurs have been linked with Bosingwa today. I remember Villa being linked with him and TBH I don't know a thing about him, he any good??
OneAaronLennon
Thought you would rear your stripe eye browed head One apple and lemon. Suppose your going to be champions league material after beating the Arsenal kids.
tarzansbrother
Tylervilla, I dont want to sound like a pessimist but I thought MON had someone lined up when we sold all of our right backs! I betcha we`ll sell more than we`ll buy. Im not blaming MON there is just nobody really available (our current league pos`n may hopefully help with that) and i`d rather current players leave than stay and sulk. We have a small squad which is a problem but at least every1 is pulling in the same direction.
dazh
I see Randy has spent 5 million on the National Portrait Gallery and that's Right Back behind the National Gallery in London - so only one more Right Back still needed!!!
pongo wearing
He is highly rated apparently oneaaronlennon, plays right-back but also as a utility player elsewhere. Last report I read when we were after him (according to papers only) Porto wanted massive money.
The Fear
Porto want 22 million for Bosingwa, spurs will be spending alot on unproven football player if you ask me.
KSarge1
Never heard of the guy until we got linked with him, since then his price has gone up ten fold!!!
tarzan
Ourselves, Spurs and Newcastle are getting linked to the same players now.
tarzan
We are? I don't see us being linked to ANYONE right now.
Scot Dutch
Crespo is the only player it sounds like we might actually get, and I've never heard of him before this month. Not to complain, I like our place in the table, but sheesh MON bring somebody in already.
Scot Dutch
Tarzansbrother, that's the kind of stupidity I would expect from Arsenal fans. If you see the team that played you would find that it was hardly their 'kids'. Gallas, Gilberto, Diaby, Sagna, Hleb, Fabregas, Adebayor.... Add to that how much experience the likes of Hoyte and Denilson have gained it was pretty much Arsenal's strongest side, and we completely destroyed them. Even Arsenal fans are lost for words, no excuses. If we play like that we can beat anyone.
OneAaronLennon
Bosingwa at 22 million!!!!! Would rather Hutton at 8 million.
OneAaronLennon
'If' is a mighty big word OneAaronLennon. If, if, if, if only.
glensider
Obviously we won't play like that every week, but there are signs that our overall game is improving dramatically. Ramos is getting the best out of the players he has, Jenas has been our best player since Ramos arrived!!! We had alot of average players on that pitch yesterday; Cerny, Lee, Malbranque, Jenas, Boateng etc, but they all gave 110% and worked for eachother, which is pleasing. IF ONLY....
OneAaronLennon
Enjoy your one game run OAL it may come to an end soon. Arsenal started a team with 6/7 reserve players. Jees how deluded are these spurs fans?
KSarge1
Would you like to name me these '6/7 reserve players' that they started?
OneAaronLennon
Lets allow OAL Spurs one moment of glory for this season. They were awesome last night and fully deserved to win. Can't wish them luck in the final though becasue want that UEFA Cup place to go to league placing
notthedougellisstand
From what MON said last week about it not bein the end of the world if we don`t get a rb I really can`t see us getting one til August! If we can hold on to Mellberg til the summer he`ll continue to play rb or if we he went to Juve this window which is likely the Gardner will play rb. But if that was the case who would we play there if Gardner got suspended or injured? We`d be scraping the barrel then!
dazh
Bendtner,Walcott,Silva,Denilson,Justin Hoyte,Fabianski
KSarge1
Erm Villa transfer thread???? Not the well-done-on-beating-arsenal-with-most-of-their-players-5-1-but-theyre-still-a-better-team thread. _____________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________ - I'm starting to expect some action by Mr O'Neill soon.
evoflash
I hope your right and well said evoflash I did start to wonder if i had got the wrong thread for a mo
dazh
MON MON MON MON.......sign one up, sign one up, sign one up, sign one up.....
KSarge1
Bendtner, Walcott, Denilson and Hoyte - All in Arsenal's first squad of 16, hardly reserves. Silva didn't start.
OneAaronLennon
ill be happy with any new signings i really dont care whether its a right back a striker or a keeper just give us something to talk about!!!
villabikes29
It will happen next week, we all know how MON deals in transfers. Everything is last minute because that way we pay good prices. Have some patience and trust
notthedougellisstand
Ok OAL have you read the title of the thread? im sure of you ask nicely, one of the editors will make a nice little thread for you ;)
Eaton_thevillafan
Hutton, whoooo? Ramos hadn't a scooby who he was! Obviously a fan of Scotch 3rd rate footie. Chelski won't play the kids i the final! Any links to us today?
tarzan
7 days to go, i am getting a little nervous now. Need to see some signings, Hutton is being linked again today, possible part ex with Luke Moore on the cards?
steako
Yep - just saw that Steako in The Daily Mail. Makes perfect sense, and I hope it's just more than them putting 2 and 2 together given the lack of a specialist RB at our place, and the fact that Lukey boy has been linked with them....Hutton definitely seems to tick all of the right boxes....
YatesyVillain
I'm not too worried, I've always been a realist Villa fan and preseason I'd have been happy with say an 8th finish, but the boys have played out of their skins and we have a great chance, but hey we had a great chance of getting 3 points from 'pool till the 88th min. But to the point - realism...MON saying At this minute, getting what we`d call a recognised right-back is a thought but it`s not as overwhelming as you think... well? Isn't it? Yes Mellberg has done the job, but it just got me thinking well what is a priority? The whole team is playing well so does that mean we need no-one? Ok, he has got his targets but if he can't get them and randy is saying money isn't the issue can't we just go get some nice versatile players? Matty Talyor can play most places on the left and quite like the look of Ryan Talyor on the right (and both can shoot!) Just get a Utility man to cover as many places as poss and worry about the rest in the summer... I mean where would we be if Mellberg or Bouma had been injured, Barry at left back is fine but as you could see on monday we need him in the middle...ok rant over...
Munk AVFC
Oh and as for Spurs, sod it well done, am i the only one who thinks winning 5-1 is impressive regardless? We only beat Derby 2-0, but every dog has its day and OAL its consistency you need to find, mind i agree with notthedougellisstand so its Chelski all the way in the final for me ;)
Munk AVFC
HAHAHAHA, WTF is OAL doing bragging about winning the worthless cup semi final to a bunch of kids and on our site. I wonder if he has been on all the vital sites. Is there not one less UEFA cup place available in the league because I thought that Spuz will get it for their runners up place. They barely deserve to be in the prem let alone Europe after this years defensive joke.
Villan444
Villan444 that only occurs in the FA Cup, League Cup place will go to League placing if Chelsea win it, so come one you Blues
notthedougellisstand
Its so frustraiting! for months MON's been on about bringing players in during January, now im not saying i dont have faith that he wont bring sum players in but its just annoying how the club leave the fans in such agony lol. We are desperate to see our club progress and do well and to do so we need more depth and quality. Randys said there isnt a limit, we are an attracktive club at the moment!. I dont mind waitin till deadline for magic to start happenin, its just annoying i wish there was sum speculation at least to get he mouth watering! We where linked with that columbian he looks amazing ive asked arond and everyone just says good things about him but like all our links they fizzel out! wish the club wud just dangle the carrot abit. At the moment i cant see us bringing in anyone (but im confident MON had sum stuff lined up, if he doesnt then God help us) GIVE US SUMTHING TO GET EXCIETED ABOUT!
mattyh1986
how many places are up for grabs in the uefa cup? If we finish 6th could we miss out? That would be tragic
tarzan
I think so, i think its top 2 straight to champs league, next 2 to the quals for the champs league then just 5th for UEFA and the 2 cup winners for the last 2 places so it really is come on Chelski in the final, mind what if its an all big 4 fa cup final?
Munk AVFC
well the window is coming to an end in a few days time and still no signings ,i know we need quality signings and there must be some out there who are capable of doing a fine job for us we need signings to bolster the squad for the run up untill the end of the season,again many of our players seem to be off loaded and we are getting mighty thin on the ground with our first team a few injuries and we will be right in the *****ta we also need a couple of signings to give us fans a new hero to cheer,come on mon pull your bloody finger out and lets get the players we need now not in the summer when every other team will be after the same players as now grrrrrr
claretandblue
lets remember the last window - he didnt sign anyone untill really late. He will get people in, he wants to take us places and cash is available (surely). The wait is killing me as well but I am confident the signings will arrive. Lets just forget about it until next week.
tylervilla
A so called 'worthless' cup that Villa would be proud to win, no doubt!!!
OneAaronLennon
OAL, in fairness, i think he meant that the semi-final was worthless, and he's right in terms of what you've won, i suppose. But there is value there, and i've already congratulated the spurs lot. Still, you're not allowed to win it, so enjoy the rest of your season.
Carlosio
OAL - your not going to win it. Chelsea are far too strong and you have the dodgiest defense in the Premier League. If you have no transfer news then i would say why comment on this article? I get the feeling Hutton will sign for the Villa - after turning who down?
KSarge1
That would be another delightful scalp, would it not? Mind you, i don't see it happening personally. To be in our right-back-light position and not even be linked seems like a bit of a hint to me.
Carlosio
KSarge1, if you scroll back up you will see that my first post was transfer-related. I think the lure of Ramos and a trip to Wembley will do Spurs alot of favours, in terms of attracting players in the last week of this window.
OneAaronLennon
Yes, as will being 6th and on the up in January, Mr OAL. Still, i'm sure you'll agree spurs could use a little help on the attraction front. The other good news for you is that Berba is looking nice and happy again. Bit of Cupboard-Love, or Trophy-Cabinet-Love, going on there.
Carlosio
I'm not doubting the pull that Villa can have on players, you are an attractive proposition for any player; Europe almost guaranteed, bright future and a top manager. But playing at Wembley is something every player dreams of and is, in itself, a big attraction. These Hutton rumours re-surfaced the day after we qualified for the final, Berbatov looking like he might stay past the summer etc. I agree with you to an extent that Spurs are not the most attractive of teams at the moment but I feel confident in saying that Juande Ramos will change that. Spurs were a laughing stock for many reasons at the start of the season, ie league position and the s*** that we call our board. Slowly but surely that is changing and Ramos is getting us to play like Sevilla, hitting teams on the counter and taking our chances. Having said that, time will be the answer to alot of questions.
OneAaronLennon
OAL this is a villa transfer rumours page not a place to trumpet a small team in London. Go and tend to your shaven eyebrows on your own site that is unless you know who villa may be signing.
tarzansbrother
Again, my first post read "Spurs have been linked with Bosingwa today. I remember Villa being linked with him and TBH I don't know a thing about him, he any good??", any mention of the game there?. I didn't come to Vital Villa to talk about our win over Arsenal, I have enjoyed doing that on Vital Spurs. But in your words tarzansbrother - "Thought you would rear your stripe eye browed head One apple and lemon. Suppose your going to be champions league after beating the Arsenal kids". You're making yourself sound stupid and hypocritical criticising me when infact it was you that brought this whole thing up.
OneAaronLennon
Did you know Spurs have released a DVD of Tuesday nights game. Must be a small time team if this is big enough to create a DVD from. They haven't even won anything yet!!! Either that, or the board know that every Spud muppet will rush out and buy it, filling the coffers till further. Shame this won't be passed on to players as decent wages. Small time mentality - small time team.
CLVilla
OAL im not criticising you im telling you to f8ck off, unless you know who villa are signing next.
tarzansbrother
how again does this forum get to be about spuds because of one 12yr old infiltrator. Ignore Ignore Ignore.
tylervilla
ban him fear.
tylervilla
Yeah, sorry OAL it was just a little bit of fun, taking a few digs and all that hehe. Sorry to go Judas on the Villa boys here, but leave it aht, will you. It was tarzansbrother that started the Arsenal thing. OAL, if you don't win the CC (which we're all hoping is what happens), can we have berba? Thanks a bundle.
Carlosio
Don't you kids make me come down there!!
Carlosio
bloody hell guys stop being so immature, ignore him. Who we guna sign!
mattyh1986
tyler - coz we're bored. There is nothing happening!!! A bit of Spud baiting will have to do to pass the time!
CLVilla
I think this sums up exactly how our transfer window is going, christ at least it gave us something to chat/argue about for a bit...not like there is much else to do other than wait for MON to reveal all... but ok has anyone else got an opinion of Ryan Talyor, good free kicks, good going forward, young and english? Seems to fit the bill, and with all the set pieces we've scored, does anyone know how many have been direct free kicks?
Munk AVFC
im going on the spuds sight there is probably more villa talk!
tylervilla
actually dont bother trying to get to the spurs sight, your arm gets tired going all the way down the table trying to find the link. 6th is much more accessible. ha ha.
tylervilla
See tyler - don't you feel better now!!!!! It's just like therapy.
CLVilla
tyler, that is exceptional. Congratulations.
Carlosio
ksarge, tarzan, villa villa villa,.............we caned arsenal 5-1 and you got knocked out by ????.....L-E-I-C-E-S-T-E-R..........think i will just say that again....we caned arsenal 5-1 and you got knocked out by L-E-I-C-E-S-T-E-R....LMFAO....HA HA HA HA HA HA HA.....before you inbreds even consider mentioning an arsenal reserve team, i think you better check the stats, for prem appearences, champs league appearences, and international appearences for EVERY SINGLE arsenal player that was on the pitch.....(e.g, hoyte having 57 prem games under his belt, but i guess that still makes him a reserve?)....anyway i see your still not really linked to anyone this window.......2 possible reasons......the thought of moving to inbred birmingham is so vile the player in question cant stomach it...or you simply have not got the money to make the signings you want.....personallly i beleive its a combo of both !!!
lillywhites101
Not got the money!?! Ha ha.. How comical you are!? Our owner OWNS MBNA credit cards and has just donated 5m to The Nat Portrait Gallery. Nuff sed.
Adam Deuce
Hold on a second...., we're 6th in the league, 2 points off 4th with the smallest squad in the premiership. You're....well, perhaps i shouldn't say, might shock that small mind of yours to realise the truth. Enjoy you're DVD, it can go with that Chelsea one from last season. And while you're watching it, just remember that a freak result in the cup does not disprove our genuine quality, as is demonstrated in the league.
Carlosio
I knew it - a decent result against their rivals and all of the spurs fans come rushing out to gas a little, do you only sing when your team is winning? hmm though so - and what of you "win" over the arse? Liver pool are doing poor in the leauge considering they should be and could be title chasers. and how may cups have they won with benitez? champs leauge? and you go on like you just won the leauge! and we are inbreds? hope you win the cup - its the only way you will get europe by the way.....
Eaton_thevillafan
what the ***** have villa done in years ????????.............we may not have won silverware since 99.......but what about inbred villa???.......at least we finshed top 5 last 2 seasons....what have u "making up the numbers ****s" done recently????....were in 1 cup final........the uefa and fa cup knockout stages, and we finished top 5 last 2 seasons......now will some inbred villa **** please tell me what u have done?
lillywhites101
and by the way adam deuce, if u do ur homework i think u will find we have the second richest backer in the league.......he owns ENIC and makes the american you sold your soul to, look like a hobo....villa have no spending power.....you will never bring in another player above youngs value or ability
lillywhites101
Jellied eels? Bet you love em Lillywhites. Personally they taste like absolute ******!
tarzansbrother
Lillywhite101 , grow up dude ur pathetic havent you got better things to do with your time?
mattyh1986
The point is that we don't go around shouting about how good we are when we haven't won anything. We have class and style - Spuds don't. We won the CC in 94 and 96, but because we don't really rate it we don't go on about it. Your "owner" is a Director of a company who's sole aim is to make money. You won't pay the going wages, so struggle to get in decent players. One game does not make a season.
CLVilla
Oh my god, lilywhites....I'm convinced. Everything you've said is completely relevant, correct and intelligent. I sure do feel stupid now. Thanks for enlightening me. 2 weeks ago, spurs fans were on about how much trouble they were in. You've had one result (which, bear in mind, i'm not taking away from you, it was incredible) and now you're suddenly the best team in the world again. Forget the fact that you're languishing in lower mid-table, a full 13 points off the european places. Don't try and play the "What have villa done" card on me. Firstly, Villa fans have readily admitted for years, that we haven't achieved anything. In fact, that was a huge deal that lead to our 800million pounds worth of owner buying the club. Secondly, I'm not talking about villa now, this is purely an observation of Tottenham. Victories in the league this season have come over; Derby, Boro, Wigan, Fulham, Reading, and Sunderland as well as a good result against Pompey. Top stuff, 6 wins out of 7 against teams in the bottom 7.
Carlosio
Exactly because of 'Spurs' fans like lillywhites01 why every other Spurs fan is not taken seriously. All I ask is that you do not generalise all Spurs fans because of a minority.
OneAaronLennon
it look like sillywhites lost it a little! its funny to read his comments, a so called "inbred" club are above spurs! and we have the smallest squad in the premiership. maybe that 35mil you spent on players should have gone on defense........ Dont expect to win sweet FA with dawson and who ever at the back.
Eaton_thevillafan
so boys, who are we not signing today? Not happy about the Cahill saga being played out in public.
tarzan
Who give's a monkeys about Villa anyway? Birmingham City play better football and have more history than YOUSE!
HATEtheGOONERS
Prove it HtG - post a brief history of each club here in 20 mins. Promise I will agree with you if you can prove it.
CLVilla
LMFAO..........if we win the carling cup, and therefore deny villa a place in europe, come may, i will ***** myself laughing, and will hound you inbreds over it !!!!!!
lillywhites101
And you will be entitled to. Til then, learn some humility (sorry for the big word, try Google dictionary to find out what it means).
CLVilla
OAL, i don't aim anything at anyone who is reasonable, and even a smidge of research will show that everything i've stated is true, not an attack, and i'm sure you'll agree with me. However, i apologise if i do generalise, it is purely a matter of keeping comments (relatively) brief. Smart move, lillywhites, stay away from discussions you can't win, bitter pill to swallow. Just note that if you don't win the CC, you can count on me to hassle you whenever you post here, and whenever i find time to get over to vital spurs. Good Luck
Carlosio
I don't ever come over to other sites to comment (don't usually need to) but why the hell has the entire of VT come over to VV and visa versa?!? Should we not be happy that Spurs did the Gooners and that Villa are chasing down a top 4 spot to break the strong hold?!? Not only am I happy that we're going to Wembley, you lot, Everton and City have a real chance of breaking the stranglehold in the league. Fair play to you lot! As for LilyWhites101 - why do I never see your posts on out site? Is it cos your too busy winding up other fans safe in the knowledge that you're hiding behind a handle on the internet? Muppet.
yiddogray
*our site* - it's a bit late, sorry! lol
yiddogray
If I do my homework LW101?!?! Why would i want or need to do my homework? I left school years ago. I didn't make any comment about Spurs. I merely commented that we have a rich owner. I have no interest in Spurs. I couldn't give two shakes of circumcised penis what Spurs have done, are doing, will do. Which is why I don't look at Spurs websites. Which is why I haven't done my homework miss. :)
Adam Deuce
Now who are we gonna sign?
Adam Deuce
I'm thinking MON knows exactly who he wants and will make bids the respective clubs can't afford to refuse in the final hour so as not to get gazumped. Or am I only dreaming, is this burning an eternal flame. Close your eyes give me your hand.....
Adam Deuce
I'll be back on the 1st of Feb...til then...
myleftfoot
It's got to be all happenning in the background....just has to be....Hutton for me would be an outstanding signing, and if that was the only body that came in, i'd be more than just ok with that. Agree that we need to seize this chance, as i'm sure we're probably ahead of where we expected to be on the infamous '5 year plan', but that doesn't mean we can't push on and get ahead of ourselves. Otherwise we risk the likes of Tottenham, Newcastle, etc catching up with us again....as they seem to be getting their respective acts together. Jeeeeeez anyone that says this league isn't competitive needs their head read - ok, the top 3 are different class at the moment, and there are 4 or 5 teams who are utter pants at the wrong end of the league, but for the rest the competition is truly intense!
YatesyVillain
I agree, it's hard to believe that with everything that's been said, coupled with our league position, that we are not trying to bring anyone in. We can only wait.
Carlosio
AD, think you crossed a line there mate.
yiddogray
198 posts and i bet villa will not sign one player!!!
essientric
I think there will be little action transfer wise due to the silly prices being quoted. Is Lillywhites a brand of sanitary towels?
tarzan
no its the other end, lillywhite is a silly*****e!
mickdub
Has Defoe signed a new deal? He'll leave in the summer for free then! Ouch. I would say as neutral that the Worthless Cup was last on Arsenal's priorities this season. In terms of our transfers, we must have a RB in the pipeline with Mellberg off to Juve. Chimbonda is a joke, can't see anyone apart from the Geordies signing him.
tarzan
Tarzan, Defoe's contract expires in the summer of 2009.
OneAaronLennon
anyone think damien duff is worth a punt, just back from injury and with a new ireland manager due needs to prove himself again, can play either wing or through the middle, himself, young and agbonlahor could rotate during games?
mickdub
OAL, good info that. He's on a "relative pittance" though and in dispute with Sky Andrew? My Spurs pal is not happy with Chimbonda this morning, what's you opinion of him, any good? My spies in Scotland are saying Rangers are desperate to off load Hutton to the highest bidder, 8m seems an awful lot to me, looks like another Craig Gordon price. Villa are supposedly signing Doyle.
tarzan
What about Alves and Fred?
tarzan
Fred must have looked at the Stadium (36,000 capacity) and thought hmmmm i wannt join arsenal instead or a bigger premier league club than this crock of *****
KSarge1
Why not look to take Walcott on loan, take the pressure off Gabby for a bit, he would settle in that team in no time, and the way Martin has brought on and given our youngsters a chance i am sure Wenger would approve.
silkie villain
Liverpool have tried to take Walcott on loan. Arsenal have rejected thebid. Villahave also rejected a bid today from Bolton for Cahill. 4m apparently. Good news me thinks.
Adam Deuce
Definitely good news, Blues tried to get him on the cheap and talked openly to the press about aplayer who is contracted to us. There's zero activity anywhere at the moment.
tarzan
Chimbo is a very good RB and would get into most teams in the Premiership. However, if indeed he did say what he is 'quoted' as saying then he can f*** off. It doesn't surprise me though, all throughout his career he has seeked more and more money wherever he has been. It just shows the lack of passion, ambition and commitement that footballers have these days. A big contrast to when I grew up watching players playing their hearts out for the shirt, but hey, what can we do? I will happily part company with Chimbonda for 5/6 million.
OneAaronLennon
I still remember in wigans first season, he was exceptional. Really played well. But then, he was always first choice at Wigan. It sounds like another Diarra to me (albeit with less talent). Still, he does play at RB, and that would be a refreshing prospect.
Carlosio
I agree with OAL about chimbonda, he is a money grabber for sure. I can't see MON standing for his crap to be fair. From what i can tell about Ramos, he won;t stand for it either, which explains why no-one has denied that Chimbo might move on.
The Usual Suspect
MON will never sign Chim Chim Chim Chimbonda! Completely the wrong attitude! No rocking the boat or pooping the party at the moment with the way the team works!
KSarge1
Can't believe no one has this login yet! I'm really bemused by Villa in the transfer market so far. Don't get me wrong, i'm over the moon with MON. I think his ability to lead, motivate and get results is outstanding and it's been a pleasure to watch us play football since he took over as opposed to painful and nail biting like it so often was before!! But that said, i'm yet to see evidence of the 'no limit' spending power that we have. I don't want us to waste money on rubbish just for the sake of spending it like so many other teams. And i do support MON. I just find it hard to get my head around why we aren't bringing in players. Ashley Young has been a revelation but there are a lot of good players in the world who could be brought to our club to bolster the number and help us push on. I read that MON is thinking of going after a 2.2M MLS goalkeeper because he doesn't want to pay the 10M asking price for Carson. If Randy can afford to spunk 5M on an art gallery then what's 10M for a keeper who has been outstanding and is a clear future England No.1. I just think that it's really mixed messages. We have loads of money(apparently), we have a tiny squad(definitely), we're incredibly exposed to injuries(very worrying), and we're doing well enough and have a good enough manager to bring in some real class. Yet we aren't doing it. I trust MON but in 3 windows i don't think we've brought in what we should have
Up The Villa
Comment again in 7 days, and see what happens. Then at seasons end we can really judge MON and his transfer policies. He is the man and he will live or die by his decisions. Maybe wrong/maybe genius lets judge on the team performance and results. I have absolutely no issues at this moment.
KSarge1
How does that great song go again????.............. "I did it, my way"
KSarge1
Juventus have officially submitted a bid for Mellberg, MON has confirmed on SSN
notthedougellisstand
Could be his last game tomorrow. If it is lets give him a good send off, he has been a good servant for the club.
notthedougellisstand
Tottenham supporters please go on your own forum. And villans stop egging them on. They just want something to distract them from the table. They know they don't have a star on their patch for their european cup win - we don't need to rub it in there face.
los_angeles_villan
Let's just forget about transfers for the time being -we're not going to get anyone fron any top club, either here or in Europe until the end of the season. We may lose Melberg and Young in the next week, although I'd be happier if Mellberg stays until the end of the season. All we now need to do is focus on just one thing - backing the lads 110% both home and away. 66 points will almost certainly guarantee us a Top6 finish and European Football next year. We've now got 40 points from 23 games, so another 26 points needed, out of a possible 45. I'll put my money on O'Neill performing the miracle; anyone else with me?
villacross
The celts warned us about MONS transfer dealings and that he will leave it late - God its been a long month! i think action will happen towards the last 3 days of the market. thats when we get our arses into gear. SOTC
Eaton_thevillafan
Up The Villa - I think we all share your frustration but imo O'Neill knows who he wants and is prepared to wait his opportunity -perhaps at the end of the season, when he can boast a Top6 finish, and even if not, solid progress over his first 2 years. General Krulak has repeatedly said that O'Neill has Randy Lerner's complete backing. I therefore have no doubts whatsoever, that money is not a barrier to attracting the most talented players to AV.
villacross
defoe was seen at your training ground but nothing else done about that . but nothing else on the rumour line either
mick66owl
Defoe wasn't at our training ground. From the mouth Of O'Neill. FACT.
weller77
10m for carson is insane, hes a great keeper but 10m is just too much, MON is right not to jump into that one. Been linked again with onuoha, i dont know much about him any thoughts? What happened with this columbian 21 year old we were linked with!
mattyh1986
O'neil said the link with Falcoa wasn't true. and i totally agree with the carson thing, if u are going to be paying that much for a keeper he has to be someone you can put total faith in like cech or van der sar. Remember cech was only seven! van der sar was 3. is carson worth 7 million more that ven der sar, even at his age.
villavillavilla
And i was impressed with Bentley today. If we hhave these hige resources that we are hearing of y do we not go and just make a 15 million bid for him? That woukld certainly be interesting. Or actually i suppose we could just donate it to an art gallery!
villavillavilla
VVV what impressed you about Bentley today? I thought he was ordinary. Barry had a shocker today but was probably still feeling the effects of his injury. IMO we need someone to help him out but who?
tarzansbrother
8m for Woodgate!!!! Bloody hell, what price Cahill?
tarzan
Lets go get Theo Walcott on loan.
Adam Deuce
Or better still offer them 20m for him. MON will sort his confidence out. Just watching the MOTD panel analyse Ashley. I do love him. Great goal today. I think Capello will have been impressed.
Adam Deuce
Well five days left guys. The moment of truth. Time for the talking to stop, and some serious action to begin. Just hope that there's no outgoings, unless there's better quality and more numbers coming in.
glensider
Agreed glensider, MON said he was going to get the weekend over with and then re-evaluate where they are at. There could be a raft of movements this week though, it can be like dominoes can't it, one player moves and that means all sorts of other transfers can go through. Some of our players looked tired yesterday (Barry didn't look well at all) so we have to get some cover in, if we do then Europe is a distinct possibility surely?
The Fear
Petrov has had long enough, he fails to impress game after game. at the begining of every game im like "ok todays hes guna show us what he's made of" its just so disapointing, Kinda reminds me of Mark Draper just ineffective, always opting to pass left right or backwards, never forwards. His tackling leaves nothing to be desired and his shooting, from what we have seen, is not up to it. Get sombody in who can do his job he can be cover and work hard in training to up his game.
mattyh1986
I don't think I'm going to get any sleep this week.
evoflash
Agree entirely Matty about Petrov, but Draper had an occassional moment and I wouldn't be so hard on him. A few players are carying others from game to game and they are different players weekly but MON rarely seems to get 11 players playing to their best at the same time.
Villan444
It only took 9 years, so we should be sympathetic to all the Spuz fans out there, most of them on Vital were only about 5 at the time so probably can't remember the last time they beat their masters. Classic AD.
Villan444
To be honest, i cant remember any time ive thought "oh petrov had a great game" he doesnt score nowhere near enough goals, and doesnt and likewise with shots. Never see him play that key pass to unlock defence and set gabi off. I want him to blossom so badly. This week is guna be a nightmare, want big names work ur magic MON.
mattyh1986
any takers for guessin when our 1st new face will come in! im guna be optimistic and say tomorrow!!!!!!
mattyh1986
I tell u what tho, it is encouraging that MON isnt just signin names for the hell of it. He must really have a clear idea on who he wants to bring in
mattyh1986
well i don't know really. If we have these resources why have we even been considering players like harewood and knight?
villavillavilla
Baros is back in the premiership. That fantastic move to Lyon did not work then......
Eaton_thevillafan
Quite funny that the only transfer news on us is about Baros!
tarzan
depressing
mattyh1986
vvv, and what have those two done? If I recall, everyone has been wanting Harewood to start, and Zat was solid, if clumsy until Curtis was ready. I'll bet he's chomping at the bit to get back in as well. Petrov is our biggest disappointment, definitely, but other than that, the whole "5 year plan" seems to be in operation, and by that theory, quality of players increases exponentially over time, it's simple!
Carlosio
Do I have to support Spuds if I'm circumcised? :-( Can someone give me a new thread and the needle? :-)
Vidi Vici Veni
Is there anyone we've been linking with that KK hasn't now took a fancy too at Newcastle? And hey ho, at least MON said the Mellberg issue will be sorted, i think MON wants him to stay but i'm sure he has a contingency plan if (and probably when) he says he wants to go now...
Munk AVFC
Routledge and the US goalie. Great value if you ask me. There's no way Carson is worth 10m. A full back is a priority. If Luke goes we need a striker.
tarzan
Third club has agreed a fee for Woodgate....wonder who.
evoflash
West Ham, Man City money to burn man
tarzan
What do we know about that keeper then?
evoflash
Olly has signed a pre contract with Juve. He stays with us until the end of the season. Just confirmed on SSN. As I predicted.
Adam Deuce
Good news about Mellberg although it suggests that we will have to wait until the summer for a dedicated right back. Fingers crossed everyone, this is when MON likes to do his business. 4 days left to get some good players on board. I understand ppl feeling that 10M is a bit much for Carson but the lad is 22 years old, has had a good season and is already capped for a major international side. The way the market is going i think 10M is a bargain. Van der Sar was 3M when he was 33! 10M for a keeper with 12 great years ahead of him, not bad if you ask me. It would worry me if this MLS keeper has been signed because he's cheaper. If he's better then fair enough, it's clearly a good signing. But he's unproven in a major league and if he isn't better then Carson then it's a worrying move just to save money when we have a supposed unlimited transfer kitty. None the less, this isn't the time to be negative. Hopeuflly the next few days MON will prove a lot of ppl including myself wrong and sign some quality players, whatever they cost
Up The Villa
Taylor has been brilliant in the games he's deputised in. 10m is way too much in my opinion. The yank has been bought to offload loyal Tommy S?
tarzan
Congratulations Olof , really pleased for the guy. He's given us 7 years of 1st class service and captency he fully deserves it. Will be sad to see him go but very happy for him. Having said that, it would be alot harder to swollow if he was leaving us for man u or chelsea! lol. 4 days left, MON u better be on that phone 24/7 !!
mattyh1986
With Mellberg staying until the end of the season, I think Cahill will be sold to Bolton for 5m. I have to say I think that is good business, he has bags of potential but lets see if he makes good. Will forever remain in Villa folklore for THAT goal. My mate who is a Spurs season ticketholder says Chimbonda is definitely joining Villa but lets just wait and see.
notthedougellisstand
Arsenal not the 3rd team in for Woodgate. Interesting, with Cahill on his way to Bolton too, I wouldn't mind betting we're the third club.
evoflash
I would be very surprised if we were the third club in for Woodgate. We don't need a CB, we need a RB and MON knows this.
notthedougellisstand
I hope we're not in for woodgate. he's back to his old ways old late nights and lack of fitness this season. My mate's a Boro fan and reckons he was so good last season as his was trying to get his career back on track but he won't be sorry to see him leave. Thus i wouldn't be glad to see him arrive. he's gifted but unreliable
Up The Villa
well apparently the third team were arsebal, but it was a load of rubbish. IF WE SIGN ROUTLEDGE I WILL CRY! he is not the caliber of player we need. can u imagine man city signing him? :-(
villavillavilla
well it doesn't look like where going to sign any body today!
villavillavilla
Chimbonda - now there's a loyal fellow! Seriously Martin MUST have a RB up his sleeve to see us through to the end of the season now Melly is off.
tarzan
VVV fully agree about routledge cant say i'd be happy to see him arrive. 3 days to go.. 2 out 0 in (thats if cahill goes)
mattyh1986
What the hell is that poll about????
mattyh1986
I don't know, weird. Can't see Routledge inspiring us to Europe. Chimbonda and Kitson for me. But Doyle has been linked forever
tarzan
Lets face it villa transfer window = pain. Were never going to sign a player early in the window, we will sell before we buy and when we do buy it will be someone like Petrov or Harewood and not the illusive 'big name'. So just bring on Thursday and lets get on with the league.
tylervilla
kitson no, doyle no. Not good enough, have had a good start but thats as good as its guna get for them both.
mattyh1986
well said Tylervilla. I think you've summed up the frustration and eventual dissapointment that still surrounds Villa transfer windows. Even with our new chairman and manager. I also agree with VillaVillaVilla, Routledge is not the player we need although we do need a winger. Right or left as Ashley can play both
Up The Villa
If we want to get into Europe and not get hammered there and in the league through fatigue, then we need better players not squad players. Half the team at the moment will be squad players. We only have 14 games so for now, any more than 2 players is too much. The team is doing well but could do with another face just to keep them on their toes as I think that they have become too comfortable.
Villan444
id welcome Routledge. decent enough player to see us through until the end of the season, quick player to add more pace to the frontline. its not like we are linked to a plethora of players ATM! MON will fix it!
Eaton_thevillafan
21 first team players, 1 leaving soon and another in the summer all bodes well for the furture! Take 1 of the keepers out of the squad and we are then left with 18 first team players, just enough to field a squad on a match day. Lets keep the faith with MON... or the faith that we remain injury free. Luckily we have 6 first team coaching staff to keep them all busy.
Hoss The Villain
can't believe we might end the window with EVEN LESS players in the squad...ridiculous.
ric112
OK at what point did we sign ashley young and carew last year? was it last min i cant remember??
mattyh1986
Jan 22nd for Carew and Jan 23rd for Young.
Hoss The Villain
hmmm , surely MON knows how desperate the fans are to see new faces, if he didnt have anything lined up surely he wud be playin it down a lot more. I cant imagine it all being quiet and just watch the window close with nothing said from the club. Its like a time bomb!!! any second its guna go off and there guna annouce we'vejust signed john dick and harry
mattyh1986
wud have been tom dick and harry but tom didnt wanna come.
mattyh1986
Squeaky bum time yet?...
villain76
hmmm part of me thinks Baros wud really suit the style of football we have got going now, always was a fan of him. I know just by sayin that guna have everyone goin "hes a waste of space, he was crap at villa, hes a has been" yer maybe u can argue some of those points but he is still young and have ample experience for his age given sum1 like MON to get the best out of his again i think it cud have worked. John gives us that hold up big point man role, milan wud do what defo would do if he came.
mattyh1986
baros is a waste of space. he was crap at villa. he's a has been. no one wants him and I certainly don't : )
los_angeles_villan
Okay - I understand the idea of MON wanting this to be a "long-term plan" and not to rush things at Villa. But lets take a minute and look what's going on. Forget 6th place, we have a legit shot at champions league football! We're playing some good footie and are in 5th place with 14 games left. We have Man U and Arsenal and then the 12 other games are more than winable, granted portsmouth and everton away will be a challenge. Why not go for some big signings and give in to the January inflations? Go for that champions league football while liverpool are playing like ****e. Imagine if we got in - the players we'd attract in the summer eager to play champions league football? That's taking Villa up the ladder. I know i'm not manager and i'm certainly no MON. But does anyone else see the possibility??? Bless you MON, let's make some good out of this window, don't let us die of fatigue!
los_angeles_villan
Of course they do, that's why they've all spent the last month moaning. I agree, in principal, we should go out, sign a bunch of great players and get on with finishing 4th. However, in reality, what if the best players aren't available, and what if those that are want ridiculous sums of money tht could unsettle the team, and speaking of which, what if the new players unsetlle the team, and what if dangling a blank cheque in front of a team isn't enough to sign a player, and what if.... I, like you, am no manager, so i will go ahead and let MON sign routledge, and he can live or die by his decision, so i don't have to.
Carlosio
I want defoe. I want John Arne Riise. And I want ANY RB that is comfortable on the ball.
los_angeles_villan
LA villan - you are saying exactly what most of the Villa fans want. Those players would spur us into Europe in my opinion.
tarzan
tick, tock, tick, tock, tock, tick, tock, tick, tock................
Up The Villa
Wasn't he a guest on "I'm Alan Partridge"?
tarzan
God form what MON said today it looks like its not guna happen this window. What a disapointment. Surely MON and his team have been working even before the window to ensure we have back up and strength coming in, he says in the interview they have new names thrust upon them every day and it wudnt be out of the question if we sign nobody at all :'(
mattyh1986
Taken frmo the OS Tuesday papers section and according to The Sun and The Mirror MON made last minute bids to sign Woodgate!! I find this a little strange to say the least. Surely he is too injury prone AND more importantly he's a CB and not a RB.
Adam Deuce
Still not even a sniff!!!! I've got no more hair to pull out!
MattUTV
I'm a massive fan of MON but if we don't bring anyone in this window then i'm afraid that just isn't good enough. Work should have been going on behind the scenes before the window even opened to ensure that we had a list of players who were available and interested. We are a big club performing well with money to burn. To finish this window with less ppl than we started would be a massive error. I'm still hoping for something to happen but from the tone of MON in recent interviews it looks like if something good does happen it will be through fortune and not judgement. If the window slams shut and heaven forbid, Young, Laursen and Barry or Reocoker pick up injuries at any time in the next 4 months we will be in massive trouble. Even if we are lucky and sustain no injuries you have to say that is unneccessary risk taking. I really hope MON proves me very wrong........
Up The Villa
Baines and Onuoha. Pay the fee, get them in a villa shirt then i'll stop moaning and whinging! There's no reason why we can't get these players. Onuoha wants first team football and should be available for around 8m and Baines would surely want to play for us and shouldn't cost too much. Should be available cheaper than ashley young. That would solve a lot of our problems
Up The Villa
that should be Barnes. Not Baines
Up The Villa
I heard Derby had rejected an offer for Barnes. It was either on SSN or Radio One News earlier today. I can't remember which club had bid but it wasn't us. They don't need cash now that they have a new owner. Premiership survival how ever unlikely is worth a hell of alot more than any realistic fee you might put on his head.
Adam Deuce
It was Newcastle.
Adam Deuce
yeah but Derby also said they would sell at a reasonable price. Lord knows what that might mean.
The Usual Suspect
Derby need to be realistic and prepare for the championship. Barnes will be worth less once they go down and i'm sure that a push from Villa would have had him asking to talk to us. we paid Watford near to 10m for Ashley. surely 7/8 would get Barnes. I still get the feeling from MON that he's always lookign for a bargain. WHY???? What is a few million when we're talking about the possibility of European football next year
Up The Villa
Well said. Bargains are all well and good but this isnt the time to be picky, we have a real chance to make a push. It costs money this day and age, take us to the next level martin!!!
mattyh1986
Newcastle's offer was 2m - laughable. Derby are indicating that 4 or 5m may be enough.
CLVilla
ARRRRRRRRRRRRRRRRRRRRRRRGGGGGGGGGGHHHHHHHHHH!!!!
villa96
I'm usually calm but i'm starting to lose my mind.
weller77
Im going for Pascal Chimbonda and Giles Barnes to come in, with Cahill and Sorenson to leave. Looks like Doyle and Riise will have to wait until the summer with their clubs refusing to release them. We have to accept we need european football to attract the top players, which hopefully we will be able to do this summer.
tarzansbrother
DJ Twins - remember that nightmare! Where is he now?
tarzan
48 hours left!
mattyh1986
let's all take enough ambien to knock us out till february.
los_angeles_villan
How lucky we all are on this forum to have the insight of Tarzansbrother... just like the Ministry of Stating the Flaming Obvious.
Hoss The Villain
14 games to go this season. We don't need floods of players really. Just a replacement for Cahill, and another 1 or 2 to help take up the slack. ___________________________________________________________________I guess with the Cousins deal falling through for Rangers, Lukey won't be going anywhere.
evoflash
Only a third of the season to last without injury then.
Hoss The Villain
No cup games left. ___________________________________________________________________ W W W W W W W W W W W W W W - - - - That's what we need to do.
evoflash
i went into www.teamtalk.com and the headline was "Villa close in on routledge swoop" almost fell of my chair!
mattyh1986
seems like things are finally happening. MON has said that he's prepared to break the bank for a superstar and that he's looking at several. Alos Routledge is supposedly about to sign and we're after a promising Rioght back from Leicester and a young striker. We're also mapparently forcing the issue with Chimbonda. I'd be happy for him to join but in the long run would like to see a more dedicated, long term signing at right back. Chimbonda is a decent player but is a mercenary
Up The Villa
I would take any squad players at the moment. I would go so far as to say i would even take Muzzy Izzett as a squad player!
KSarge1
Don't be silly Sarge... only Heskey would do.
Hoss The Villain
SSN seem pretty certain that the Routledge deal will go through. Will he be match fit to play Sunday. No Young Sunday through suspension. We're going to need someone to out those crosses in.
Adam Deuce
I have a new name for all this lark........Transfer Spotting
KSarge1
You'll do well to spot any around VP... however, if you see the lesser spotted right back you are the best.
Hoss The Villain
Oh there goes one... Hutton as he flies over Villa Park on his way to join Spurs.
Hoss The Villain
Seen any trumpet players at the Tamworth Ibis?
tarzan
Why? Are you missing some?
Hoss The Villain
Anyone got any thoughts on why we weren't in for Hutton?
Up The Villa
8m? not proven? other options!!!!!
tarzan
Where's defoe? I thought your brother said it was a done deal two weeks ago? I want my jermaine, like i was promised!
The Usual Suspect
Since when has spending Randy's money been an issue to you Tarzan... it's not yours??
Hoss The Villain
I think we should enjoy 5th whilst it lasts. Defoe could still be on the cards, if Spurs manage to line up a better option (Fred for example). I was being sarky about Hutton, I can't see why we aren't in for him either (my sources in Scotland said the deal with Spurs was agreed weeks go and the hun press is trying to placate the Rangers fans), I presume MON is staying true to his word, in that he has a price for a player; beyond which he leaves well alone (Diarra and Gordon being two examples).
tarzan
I love it when this thread climaxes!
tarzan
Unfortuantely that happens about as often as my missus.
Hoss The Villain
You need a bit of jungle juice! Bit gutted my Spurs mate has just got his wembley ticket, its pants not being in the cups again. I just can't believe we aren't signing a full back.
tarzan
O'neil hints at "superstar signing". Silly me it was the signing formerly known as Symbol Boateng.
tarzan
I gave her some Um Bongo in the Congo once... but it didn't do the trick.
Hoss The Villain
First blood! 1.25m Aint bad, MON might turn him into a superstar.
mattyh1986
even tho garrys signed, he will always be remembered as a villa god! just cos of that goal
mattyh1986
 

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