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Tuesday's Villa Transfer Gossip

Quite day on the gossip front today. We have the Birmingham Mail saying that Villa are close to signing Steve Sidwell. Ok, not a new one that, it was covered by many yesterday, including Vital Villa asking a Chelsea fans opinion: Chelsea Fan's Opinion On Villa's Sidwell Link

However they claim the 25-year-old is close to signing for a more reasonable 4.5million fee and that he will take a massive cut (50%) in his current earnings, albeit with a nice signing on fee as a tempter to make the move. They also say that Sidwell would be brought in to play WITH Gareth Barry not instead of.

Rumour rating: At that price, more likely I'd say!

The Independent have repeated the link claiming that Villa are trying to lure Barcelona striker and former Arsenal legend Thierry Henry. However they say the 30-year-old hot shot has also been offered around 5.2m a year to join the Major League Soccer club Seattle Sounders. Come on Henry, don't do a Beckham and retire from serious football, not yet.

Rumour rating: We can but dream, would put more bums on seats and be a great statement of intent.

Another often reported target, Chelsea winger Shaun Wright-Phillips, has ruled out a move to Villa, Newcastle, Manchester City or anywhere else for that matter saying he intends to stay at Chelsea and see out his contract. On the sort of wages he gets, can't say I blame him really! 'I will definitely be at Chelsea next season. Speculation has been like this since I was at Manchester City. It was going on for seven years before I left. Then I came to Chelsea and speculation has been going on for my whole time here and I have still not left. I have signed a contract and I'm here to see it out.' His deal runs out in 2010.

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Writer: J P Fear Mail feedback, articles or suggestions

Date:Tuesday May 20 2008

Time: 11:28AM

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For that sort of money, I'd snap up Sidwell, far more sensible !
The Fear
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20/05/2008 11:33:00

Yeah get in Sidwell, competition for places, it will help Reo-Coker raise his game. Henry, this would be superb and Barry would begging us to keep him. That is the signing that will convince our captain to stay, sign him now on a two year deal. Then he can move to MLS or Dubai for the big pay out when he in his mid-30s.
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20/05/2008 11:44:00

anyone think Sidwell is a Barry replacement? Been linked to Ben Foster as well today he is a better prospect than Carson
Its All Over FC
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20/05/2008 11:44:00

i think we'll get Sidwell, which is a good thing. Henry keeps popping up, but maybe this is a longshot. not really bothered about SWP.
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20/05/2008 11:46:00

Would love to see Henry at VP but I think this is more likely to be his agent trying to drum up interest and he'll end up at a London club to return to his family. Always liked Sidwell at Reading and agree with young_jonah, it would provide competition to NRC which is no bad thing. What happened to the rumours about Cudicini? Experienced Premiership GK who was very good before the arrival of Cech.
Silver Fox
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20/05/2008 12:14:00

Henry wants to be near the kids in London, none of the Clubs there would be of decent enough calibre (West Ham) or they have more than enough already upfront, so we're a decent option and family comes first, I could see this happening if MON chased him now
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20/05/2008 12:15:00

If Berbatov went to Manure, Henry would be a more than ample replacement. Also, if Drogba goes off to rejoin Jose at Milan, Chelsea will be looking for a big-name replacement.
Silver Fox
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20/05/2008 12:24:00

Kinda why we need to move fast with this and get him ASAP
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20/05/2008 12:42:00

He would never come to us. Arsenal are the only team with a chance to get him and I think when he leaves Barca in a few years he'll go back there.
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20/05/2008 13:02:00

I think Sidwell is as good as a done deal, but I just can't see Henry...I wonder if he would be interested in the 'project' though...bit of a long shot but you never know!!
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20/05/2008 15:22:00

I have it on reasonable authority that the Barry thing is a done deal.... 2Million + Crouch!!
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20/05/2008 15:59:00

It all sounds like the usual suspects, Wright-Phillips, Hoyte no doubt Milner will be next plus Henry and Sidwell. I think Sidwell is the only one with any real chance of happening at the moment (and Carson if true Benitez has dropped price) and at the money being asked i think Sidwell would be a good buy and an addition, not a replacement for Barry.We get linked to all these names because we have money now but seem reluctant to push forward at pace. If we want to move forward and keep our best players we need to show intent and get on with it. Our season starts early this year and europe will be a drain on our resourses. It's time to crack on.
Mister Mick
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20/05/2008 17:09:00

IMO Henry will NEVER play for an English club other than Arsenal. Would LOVE IT if he did move to B6 though. IMAGINE!!! Va, va VOOM!!
Adam Deuce
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20/05/2008 17:16:00

Thierry Henry to B6 is an absolute 100% non-starter. It aint ever gonna happen. Its so ridiculous its not even laughable. Joff, you'd better hope you're spot on pal. We shoot all false rumour starters on this site.
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20/05/2008 19:28:00

Henry already said he wouldn't play for any other club besides Arsenal. Stop wasting your breath about it. Sidwell is a good signing but should be our worst signing this summer if you catch my drift. You better be wrong Joff.
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21/05/2008 03:50:00

on Joffs tip - some are saying Crouch, Pennant + 2million for Barry. otherwise those two + Carson. i think there is a bit of truth in part of this, but which part?
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21/05/2008 08:27:00


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