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Saturday's Aston Villa Transfer Rumours

Saturday's Aston Villa Transfer Rumours

Well, well. It is all very boring on the rumour front at the moment, although to be fair there seems to be little to no action anywhere at the moment in the transfer window.

Come on Villa, steal a march on the rest of them!

The Mirror say that Villa will bid £4million for Reading and Republic of Ireland striker Kevin Doyle, who if memory serves me right, was also linked last January. Sunderland - who are reportedly giving Roy Keane £50million to spend this summer, are also interested. The 24-year-old scored six goals in 34 appearances this season and according to his Wikipedia entry (not always updated or reliable but a good rough guide I always find) he has scored 37 in 113 appearances since joining Reading in 2005 from Cork City. He also has five goals in 16 appearances for the Republic of Ireland.

Stoke City have apparently offered out of contract midfielder Patrik Berger a place in their newly promoted team. Would make sense for them to go for that sort of experience in the short term, which with his injury record, he will always be! Apparently he has been offered a 12-month contract with the Potters.

Villa were linked with 23-year-old Werder Bremen midfielder Diego this week, today, in the Daily Mail, he is being linked to Arsenal who would go after him if Alexander Hleb leaves.

The only other link of any interest (if you are still awake) is Boro boss Gareth Southgate is apparently looking at making a £5million bid for Newcastle winger James Milner. In a report in the Sun they say Middlesbrough will go for the former Villa loanee if he can't keep Gary O'Neil (linked to Villa amongst others) at the club. Surely we should pop in and grab Milner if he is available?

There are a few links in the goalkeeper area but I'm going to do a separate article on that!

Oh, and there are more reports on Wilfred Bouma looking to extend his stay at Villa.

Writer:J P Fear
Date:Saturday May 17 2008
Time: 9:21AM


It does seem pretty quiet Villa Park transfer rumour wise, not much 'in the air' at all. Not sure about the Kevin Doyle link. Undecided. The guy netted only five or six goals last season, so whether he's the man we're looking for to bolster our front line I'm none to sure. Had a decent first premiership season though, so maybe there's a good player in there somewhere.
17/05/2008 10:45:00
A lot of work for MON to do this summer. Each year the squad has got thinner and now we are planning a possible Uefa Cup run we need quality and numbers! I hope MON has his targets sorted and will make early bids. We enetered the Intertoto midway through the season so he must have known then we would have a good chance of qualifying and would need additional players.
Hoss The Villain
17/05/2008 10:53:00
I had a very bad feeling that that Diego character was always gonna be too good for the likes of's all too reminiscent of the Snjeider rumour last year...we get our hopes up, when in reality, he was never going to come to us. He looks like the archetypal arsenal player, and i look forward to seeing him in their team if it's true.
17/05/2008 10:56:00
This is off topic. This is from the blog of Tony Barrett, the journalist who first broke the news about Liverpool's bid for Barry in the Liverpool Echo, " Sorry Martin - but you've got it wrong! MARTIN O'Neill's anger about Liverpool's offer for Gareth Barry seems to be centred on the fact that news of the bid appeared in the ECHO within hours of it being faxed to Villa Park rather than on the offer itself. The Villa boss has convinced himself that the story was leaked to the ECHO by someone at Liverpool Football Club. But like the Alonso conspiracy theorists, O'Neill hasn't called this one right. Journalists never reveal their sources but it would be remiss to allow the current misapprehension to go unchecked. No-one at Liverpool leaked news of the bid for Barry. Simple as that." I hope this clears Rafa's and Liverpool's name.
17/05/2008 12:14:00
Thanks for the link John, will look at that with interest. The whole thing seemed to be bizarre to me, hate clubs 'fighting' in the press and it certainly did no one any favours. Very unprofessional!
The Fear
17/05/2008 12:43:00
Steve Sidwell set for a VP move? Would be a very useful acquisition, particularly if we can keep Gareth.
22/05/2008 13:28:00
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