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Thursday's Villa Transfer Rumours

Thursday's Villa Transfer Rumours

Martin O'Neill has once again stated he is looking to strengthen amidst the rumours and gossip of transfers due!

He also says it would have been good to be able to have the option to rest Martin Laursen who defied all the doubters and played every game last season.

MON told the official site: 'It's been a great effort and I'm delighted for Martin. Well done to him. For him to have played the number of games he has this season has been terrific but it would have been nice to have had the option to rest him. The same goes for some of the younger boys who've played a lot of games, it would have been nice to say 'you're sub today' or 'you're not in the 16 - or 18 as it will be next year' just to rest them. But we haven't had the wherewithal.'

Adding, 'That's something we know we've got to address over the summer and while talking about it is the easy part, we know what we need to do to push on.'

So, on to the rumours. Still not that many about I must admit, a report in the Daily Telegraph says that Villa have dropped the idea of signing Scott Carson permanently from Liverpool because the two clubs can't agree a fee. No great surprise there after the tug of war the clubs are having over Gareth Barry.

OK, I mentioned the GB saga, so I might as well also mention the gossip in The Sun who say Liverpool want £16m from Juventus for midfielder Xabi Alonso, but will call off any deal if they fail to land Aston Villa's Gareth Barry.

Meanwhile the Telegraph say that Reading are willing to listen to offers for Nicky Shorey following their relegation. The England left-back is apparently wanted by Aston Villa, West Ham and Newcastle.

Sky Sports go further and explain Reading's chief executive Nigel Howe has admitted the club will have to trim their wage bill and that will lead to some of their best players leaving.

Some reports are suggesting that Villa are now looking at taking Manchester United's keeper Ben Foster on loan. NO NO NO. We SHOULD NOT be loaning players, not a club of our size! We are also still pursuing American shot stopper Brad Guzan and according to other reports, keeping an eye on former Villa player and now Hull keeper Boaz Myhill.

Boaz, who left Villa for a eyebrow raising tiny fee of £50 000 in 2003, and yes, I can still remember moaning about it back then (!) has explained his departure was by mutual agreement as it was obvious he was too young for first team football and he was fed up playing 2-3 times a month for the reserves and just training the rest of the time. Adding, 'It's a club I've always supported, but things don't always work out the way you want them to in football.'

One of the gossip sites also says we are interested in 35-year-old Bayer Leverkusen midfielder Bernd Schneider to add a bit of experience to the team. Hmmm, can't see it myself!

Can't see any other rumours today!

Writer:J P Fear
Date:Thursday May 22 2008
Time: 9:58AM


ben foster would be a great signing even if it is a loan. I think he is going to be one of the best keepers in the world, if he keeps up the way he played for watford a year ago he isn't far off it already. if we cant get someone good enough on a permenant basis get him in until someone else turns up i say.
22/05/2008 11:01:00
Van Der Sar is on the point of retirement, why on earth should ManU loan Foster? He'll probably be their #1 next season.
22/05/2008 11:15:00
I like Boaz Myhill I have met him a few times, but when i spoke to him about Villa he wasnt interested, he said they dont mean anything to him any more, funny now they are in Europe and allegedly looking at them that he now claims to be a lifelong fan. That is a load of bull.
22/05/2008 11:31:00
What's wrong with loaning players? _______________________________________________________________ Imagine if we'd paid £10m for Carson!
22/05/2008 11:51:00
We loan a player, they come good, they go back to their club improved. We are too big to be loaning, then again I didn't think the rules should have been changed in order to allow PL clubs to lend to each other anyway. The big clubs should not be seen as feeder clubs for a club our size + they then can't play two fixtures a year against their parent club which again causes problems. Think it is amateur, just a personal opinion though!
The Fear
22/05/2008 13:06:00
I agree Fear about the loan deals in the Prem. Basically a 3rd party has control over one of 'our' players meaning he can't play against his parent club. This gives his parent club an advantage by us having to play our reserve GK against them.
22/05/2008 13:39:00
I am worried about the Foster deal. This time last year we were loaning "one of the best young keepers in the world" and he was rubbish, I know Foster is better but I think it sounds like another Carson to me. Get him on loan but not as 1st choice just in case. thats what I think we should do anyway.
Tallaght Villan
22/05/2008 13:50:00
We've got enough problems against Man U to be playing a reserve keeper against them. GK spot is one that we must have a first team permenant choice for from next season, and they have to be good.
22/05/2008 13:53:00
I really like the Dunne link what a great signing he would be!
22/05/2008 14:01:00
were looking at defender micheal lumb, danish u21 from agf aarhus. he plays left back and would initially be cover for bouma, but apparently, he's rather good!
22/05/2008 14:16:00
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