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Villa Boss On Signings & Transfer Gossip

Martin O'Neill has obviously been asked about transfers more times than Mr Ask A Lot About Transfers at Transfersville in Transferland.

The latest is he has spoken to Randy Lerner and he is ready to get going. Hopefully this summer REALLY will see the activity we all hoped and prayed for last summer. To be fair he has now had loads of time to settle in, get a feel for what we have, to offload what he doesn't want and assess where we are going. He is certainly no idiot and must know that to push on now, we need players - quality players - and a good number of them.

The Daily Mirror claim that MON has told Randy that he'll need around 80million in order to challenge Liverpool, Arsenal, Chelsea and Manchester United next season. 80m, 7-10 players, sounds about right doesn't it?

He said: 'I’ve had a conversation with the chairman in the early part of this week and we’ve decided that we want to get things up and running. I haven’t gone out and actively pursued targets but we are scouting players all over Europe. For us to challenge, we need to address a number of things - including the size of the squad for a start.'

Adding, 'I’ve been delighted with the players here and what they’ve achieved this season. It has been a tremendous effort by everyone to get us to where we are with three games to go. But if we are going to sustain a big campaign next season - possibly including Europe and hopefully having runs in the domestic cup competitions - then we will need a bigger squad.'

He also admits we have had our fair share of luck with a lack of injuries this season and the early cup exits also meant we weren't stretched in the league. 'I think we can get more competition for places and that, with a bit of real quality, is our aim and something we have a real drive and determination to achieve.'

Today's gossip again links us to Liverpool striker Peter Crouch. Benfica's right-back Nelson is coming according to the Daily Star. Villa and Newcastle apparently both want Steve Sidwell but the Chelsea midfielder is keen to stay at Stamford Bridge and prove his worth.

The Independent claim Spurs 5million target, Espanyol keeper Carlos Kameni is also wanted by Villa.

My aunties neighbours cat was sick the other day. The sick formed into words saying Villa will sign Ronaldo this summer. WHAT? It is as likely as the paper links isn't it? In fact in some cases cat puke is far more reliable than the paper gossip?!

The Barry talk continues, some say he is 50/50 on going or staying. Time will tell, with the Liverpool boardroom situation looking to be resolved in the coming weeks, there could be more mileage in this.

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Writer: J P Fear Mail feedback, articles or suggestions

Date:Friday April 25 2008

Time: 11:13AM

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Why do people think that the only way we can improve is by signing players? i'm not expecting mass signings as VOTH pointed out on another article we only make about 15million a season in gate receipts.
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25/04/2008 11:38:00

Why all this talk about Barry going to Liverpool? If we get the promised additions to the squad we could well replace Liverpool in the top four next season, in fact, if I was a betting man, I would put money on it. They are only a few points above us now. If GB wants to play alongside Gerrard then it makes sense that we buy him not sell GB to the scousers. If we are going to be among the best, which we will be, we have to think like them! That is, no one is too good for us.
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25/04/2008 11:40:00

I agree Obediah, I think we Villans have become so used to being a 'midtable' team, playing some mediocre football over the years that we seem to have lost that air of arrogance which the 'Big 4' (god I hate that phrase) still seem to have whether they're winning or not. Even Spurs have it! We need that back, we have to think BIG. It's time we were cocky again.
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25/04/2008 11:59:00

The cynic in me finds the article about MON wanting 80m for next season a bit of a coincidence that it appears the day after next years season ticket prices are announced. Nothing will get the punters in better then the promise of big players arriving at the club.
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25/04/2008 12:02:00

Which article is that then Kilga? I bet there were no quotes and it is just newspaper suposition again.
Villan Of The North
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25/04/2008 12:07:00

A bit cynical, but we know that clubs DO do that. Although I don't know where this 80M figure actually came from. I seriously doubt it came from the club, or that MON actually asked for that amount. Which would make it papertalk, yet again. I reckon 50M would be enough;)
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25/04/2008 12:09:00

I have an idea, let's start a rumour and see how long it takes before it's in the Sun and Daily Mirror, then finally it comes back and ends up on this site.
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25/04/2008 12:13:00

Apparently Gareth Barry has urged both Peter Crouch AND Steven Gerrard to turn their backs on the Liverpool Boardroom and move to the Midlands in a 40M move by Martin O' Neil.
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25/04/2008 12:15:00

Ive seen it in a few articles on It is of course newspaper speculation but why today of all days to hit the press. Again the cynic in me believes this was started by the club to get our hopes up of a massive summer spree(just like last year) to get the season ticket sales up.
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25/04/2008 12:17:00

Its a case of "wait & see" the "get things up and running quote" speaks volumes, if we end with with another TW like last then questions will be asked im sure. The chances of us signing gerrard are about as realistic as us signing ronaldo, newsnow is a joke website! Fingers crossed this summer we'll see some action, with players going this summer we need to replace them AND get some depth in.
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25/04/2008 12:40:00

I wouldn't want Ronaldo anyway. We have a happy dressing room, the last thing we need is some money-grabbing, egotistical, cheating, stepover stepover fallover, long-necked rapist upsetting everyone else and thinking he's bigger than the club. And that goes for any other 'Mr Big's' who think they can walk in and demand respect because of their name.
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25/04/2008 12:53:00

This man above me is officially a crazy mother. I said it about Henry, but he's a completely different egomaniac. How could any team not be better off with a midfielder who can score nearly 40 goals in a season on his own?
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25/04/2008 13:05:00

Short term it would probably be great, but i've seen it enough times before. Eventually the player starts demanding more and more. Then their form dips, and they still demand more. Then they don't get their form back, and they still demand more. Id rather score 67 goals as a team than owe it all to one greedy **** who scores nearly 40.
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25/04/2008 13:14:00

Plus I think its fair to say, Carlosio, that a large number of his goals have come from penalties and free kicks which shouldn't have actually been penalties or free kicks. I don't doubt that he will stick it in the net if given the opportunity (unless he's playing Barcelona) but how long will he do that for. I think the cons would outweigh the pros. Might be worth noting that Manure have only scored 6 more goals than us in the prem.
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25/04/2008 13:26:00

2-3 defenders. 2 mids. 1 forward. anyone else read the BARRY interview on the official site? says a lot...
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25/04/2008 13:41:00

Have updated article: The Daily Mirror claim that MON has told Randy that he'll need around 80million in order to challenge Liverpool, Arsenal, Chelsea and Manchester United next season. 80m, 7-10 players, sounds about right doesn't it?
The Fear
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25/04/2008 13:47:00

i don't think we need 7-10 players do we Fear? 5-7 but still spend the 80 million!!
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25/04/2008 14:19:00

Yes, 7-10. Remember we have at least 3 leaving this summer, Ollie, Carson (?), Berger. We were short with them.
The Fear
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25/04/2008 16:17:00

I'd say 10 is about right but think 8 is more realistic, ppl have to remember that we'll need 2 gks as we'll only have taylor left, so i'd get a 1st and 3rd choice, 2 rbs, 1 lb for cover and 2 cbs, but i'm sure somewhere we'd get a utility defender so save cost and have him ready for covering, don't want to have to rely on NRC being called as rb next season, then 2 midfielders and a forward! All hopefully top notch, but i'd be worried if we started getting too many individuals as the team has played so well and no one really deserves to me dropped fully (minus carson) which a big star will do as we're not in the situation to do a Rafa lol
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25/04/2008 16:55:00

I don't want 8 to 10 players! I don't want to be the next Newcastle or spurs where you spend a ***** load in the summer and turn out crap. You can't just bring in that many players at once and expect an easy transition. We need a forward, a GK, 2 mids and 2 defenders
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25/04/2008 18:41:00

MON knows whats needed, and fortunately in Mr Lerner we have someone who I believe is more than willing to sanction the cash to get this club back where it belongs.
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25/04/2008 21:31:00

We all have our own ideas as to who and how many players are needed, and you can bet that MON's ideas are completely different to ours. Its going to be an interesting summer, and the 100% Villa forum will be alive and rocking again.
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25/04/2008 21:34:00

"Might be worth noting that Manure have only scored 6 more goals than us in the prem."

Sorry mate, but last season the kid scored 17 goals in 34 league games. This year he is not far off doubling that, with 28 in 31. Regardless of his occasional lapses (which, by the way, every player has, but unless it's a top player few notice) he has been unstoppable, and your rationale for thinking that that wouldn't continue is massively flawed.

Of course, it's a moot point anyway, as he wont be joining us now or in the future. Just silly.
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26/04/2008 02:11:00

Time will tell.
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26/04/2008 10:27:00


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