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Villa and Bolton Agree Cahill Fee

Aston Villa and Bolton Wanderers have agreed a fee, believed to be around the 5million mark for young defender Gary Cahill.

The major news networks are suggesting that O'Neill has now given Gary Megson permission to talk to Cahill, who has spent the majority of the season on loan at Sheffield United.

Following the agreement that Olof Mellberg will stay on until the summer, it appears that Cahill's chances of selection would be severely limited.

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Writer: Murph Mail feedback, articles or suggestions

Date:Monday January 28 2008

Time: 2:32PM

Your Comments

At the end of the day it is up to the manager but I think it is SO very sad to sell a player of his quality (and look at the price, you can see Bolton agree) and replace him with a lesser player for a lesser price from a lesser club like Fulham. Real blow.
The Fear
Oh and good luck to him, hope he goes from strength to strength.
The Fear
Let's just see what Mr O'Neill brings in....(JW)...
evoflash
Gutted. At least we got a decent fee, but why replace a 5m YOUNG defender with a 4m older one?
krfeskivilla
Tis a sad day, I hope he does well and I'm sure we all agree he probably will.
PTP
we don't need the money, he has every chance of improving and forcing his way into the side, so why sell??
andrew144
He's fifth choice and going to lesser team. Those are the bare facts. I must admit, I loved the player BUT he wanted guarantees around first team football (like Davies and Ridgewell). This does go gainst the small squad argument and Martin will gain enemies if he signs Bobo Balde
tarzan
So now we know what Mon promised to tell us today - two out none in. It seems crazy to swap a good young player with bags of potential for a no hoper who, by his own admission can't concentrate for 90 minutes, at half the value we sold Cahill for. Tell me, id this the function of our academy, to develop players and then sell them on to our competitord when they begin to become good? Now, next question, regardless of what MON says DO WE NEED THE MONEY? Otherwise why sell. It makes no sense at all and by the summer we will have only two real CB's Whoever said supporting Villa was easy? I thought all this pain was in the past with MON and Randy in place! Like you others I hope he rams his success in MON's face as I am sure he and Curtis will be England stalwarts in 5-7 years time. What a waste.
Obediah
No other club would be selling in our position. We have no RB and if we lose one or God forbid two central defenders to injury we're in trouble. MON said himself that nobody wants to sell. Wounder why. Cause they know that to have the greatist chance of finishing the season well you need a strong squad. Ours just seems to get smaller. Apart from Young we've yet to make any great strides in the transfer market. I trust MON and Learner but i'm starting to worry. The only player that could reasonably go is Sorenson. Understanderbly he's v.unhappy at Villa at the moment and we've got a v.good Taylor and hopefully come the summer Carson will be ours but MON does'nt appear ready to sell Sorenson even though it appears he may be shopping for ANOTHER keeper. I agree with Obediah, letting Cahill go is crazy.
Mister Mick
Un - *****in - be - *****in - lievable........... Jokes. matches get abandoned when theres only 8 players right? not long now...
The Ellk
Theres got to be at least a couple of players coming in this transfer window.
col8
Once again the moaning fans are out again. The guy is not first, second or third choice. Ok, he has potential but is far from the finished article. From some of the comments on this board I thought he was an England intervnational. Everyone just get a grip and lets wait until teh end of the window. We have performed well this season and I'm sure with three more players coming in we will qualify for Europe. For those who will respond about the size of the squad. Cahill has been on loan all season and wouldn't make our first 16. He wants first team football and therefore believes he will get that at Bolton.
notthedougellisstand
Sorry nothtedougellisstand, you miss the point, MON buys a not so good performer at an inflated price who is unlikely to develop further and sells a young man with massive potential. Unless MON buys another CB then Cahill would be well in the frame, come the summer. Plus MON is reported to have said today that no one wants to sell us any players. As Mister Mick points out, with a couple of injuries at the back we will be in serious trouble and yet we sell from a serious small squad.
Obediah
Anyone think we might be that 3rd club to have made an enquiry about woodgate? Would explain MON's willingness to let Cahill go after admitting he knows we're short.
johnnyuk
He's fifth choice!!!! It's not as if he's going to a main rival. We had the same moaning when Steven Davis left us. All I can say is that I'm glad I'm not the manager, he's paid to make these important decisions and will succeed or fail by them. I'm disappointed GC is off, but we have to trust the manager and get behind the team.
tarzan
It's Aresenal - why would he want to go there?!!?
tarzan
A bit daft selling before we buy....the more thread-bare our squad, the more we need players, the higher the selling club can barter. If we do not get anyone in and pay the price through injuries its going to be so frustrating. Prove us all wrong MON and get some quality before Thursday!!
tylervilla
I don't think we can accept the fact that GC is fifth choice (and will remain so until the end of the season). That's MON view and he picks the team. The price is very good considering he's going to Bolton. As you say lets see who comes in. Routledge doesn't inspire. But he's cheaper than Milner.
tarzan
Cahill is a promising player that is it, he has won many plaudits during loan spells at Burnley and Sheffied united, yes he scored against the Blues and that always helps, but I have to say in the little I have seen of him, I believe he has looked average, and the fact that it is Bolton interested might tend to suggest this is the case. 5m for an ex (not regular U21 player) is a good price and I guess the manager prefers Laursen, Davies and Knight ahead of him. Wish him luck but,and I may be proved very wrong, i do not think this sale will come back to haunt us
fatloser
Read that Birmingham and Sunderland are still very much in the hunt for his signature, so a move to The Reebok is not a done deal just yet.
glensider
I take what everyone is saying about Cahill being fifth choice, but are we not now in a position where we will HAVE to buy another centre half for next season? Mellberg will be gone. Laursen's injury record prior to this season is poor, and he will be past 30. That leaves Davies and Knight. Sounds like we need a young up and coming centre back who has played in the Premiership. Wonder how much Ridge and Cahill will be worth then? MON is a top manager but I find this one a bit difficult to understand.
VillaYamYam
another one bites the dust.
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