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Thursday's Aston Villa Transfer Rumours!

Another day of expectations from football fans the length and breadth of the country for their team to grab 'the' player that will make the difference next season. According to Stan Collymore, talking to the official site, Martin O'Neill will bring in some 'top stars' to help Villa push on.

He said: 'Villa are up there now and Martin O'Neill certainly doesn't need anyone to tell him about what he needs and who he needs to buy. The problem Villa have is that Manchester City, Portsmouth and Spurs are all not far behind them and looking at spending money as well. They will also be after similar players. The advantage Villa have however is their manager. Martin, once you meet him, is quite persuasive and loyal to the players he does take on board.'

Adding, 'If there is one man who can attract good players it is him and that might yet be the key to Gareth Barry staying. Villa need players and Martin is the man to bring them in.'

So what rumours do we have today and with Randy Lerner in England helping the manager as much as he can, maybe some action isn't too far away?

The Sun claim that Aston Villa, Everton and Portsmouth are watching Steven Taylor's situation as the Newcastle centre-back hasn't as yet agreed a new deal with the Magpies and his contract runs out next summer. The England U21 captain, who the report claims is rated at around 8million, is supposedly upset at the lack of contract talks and will walk out on a free next season if they don't sort his future out.

The Daily Mirror claim that Villa have their eye on 37-year-old Blackburn keeper Brad Friedel. They say that Villa would be willing to pay around 3million for this 'short term solution'.

The Daily Mail repeat the rumour that Peter Crouch will be a makeweight in the deal that will see Gareth Barry move to Anfield. O'Neill would also want 8million on top of the England striker that Rafa has valued at 15million. Meanwhile Portsmouth boss Harry Redknapp has said he won't pay 15million for Crouch but would be interested if the player was available for around 10million.

The Telegraph have repeated the rumour that Manchester City defender Richard Dunne is MON's wish-list.

The Telegraph also claim Villa are set to make a move for 18-year-old Real Valladolid goalkeeper Sergio Asenjo, who has a buy-out clause of 3.3 million.

They also re-hash the rumours that we want Portsmouth midfielder Pedro Mendes and are looking to sign Stephen Carr who is now a free agent having been released by Newcastle (I believe that all contracts like that end on July 1st).

Blimey, this is Telegraph day today as they also have a report saying Villa are closer than Arsenal and Chelsea to signing Valencia defender Miguel at a cut-back price. They also say another possible replacement for Olof Mellberg is Wigan defender Paul Scharner.

The Sun say that Shaun Wright-Phillips and Steve Sidwell won't make any decisions on their Chelsea futures until the new manager is appointed. The report claims that Portsmouth are confident of signing Wright-Phillips for an initial 8million and that Villa have already agreed a 5m fee for Sidwell.




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Writer: J P Fear Mail feedback, articles or suggestions

Date:Thursday June 5 2008

Time: 9:47AM

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Sorry guys but Brad would never leave Blackburn. He was there before Hughes and will be after. He is the longest serving player there. Just gossip fromthe ruthless media who seem to want to put Rovers down now.
MikeyGamst
Sorry guys but Brad would never leave Blackburn. He was there before Hughes and will be after. He is the longest serving player there. Just gossip fromthe ruthless media who seem to want to put Rovers down now.
MikeyGamst
Tend to agree Mikey, they are going to link all your players with other clubs for a while now, just lazy reporting really! Can see no reason for Friedel, at this stage of his career, to move ?
The Fear
Tend to agree Mikey, they are going to link all your players with other clubs for a while now, just lazy reporting really! Can see no reason for Friedel, at this stage of his career, to move ?
The Fear
Who wants him anyway ? Bring in Harts/Foster/ Robinson any day.
Villa 4 Ever
Who wants him anyway ? Bring in Harts/Foster/ Robinson any day.
Villa 4 Ever
Asenjo is a good option at only 3.3m I'd not be too fussed with him learning his trade whilst starting for us or having Ben foster on loan with him, or Jussi we need to get Miguel in NOW! and get ourselves in a position where teams dont think we are desperate to buy and inflate their prices, steven taylor is an interesting option
shortshadyuk
Asenjo is a good option at only 3.3m I'd not be too fussed with him learning his trade whilst starting for us or having Ben foster on loan with him, or Jussi we need to get Miguel in NOW! and get ourselves in a position where teams dont think we are desperate to buy and inflate their prices, steven taylor is an interesting option
shortshadyuk
I'm particularly annoyed that King Mart is once again telling the Villa fans to be patient. It seems this is all we've heard since his arrival. Last January we had to be patient, last summer we had to be patient, this January we've had to be patient and now this summer we're having to be patient - all this after about 20 years of being patient. How can anyone question the patience of Villa fans? We spend our whole life waiting!
Villan-in-Cyprus
I'm particularly annoyed that King Mart is once again telling the Villa fans to be patient. It seems this is all we've heard since his arrival. Last January we had to be patient, last summer we had to be patient, this January we've had to be patient and now this summer we're having to be patient - all this after about 20 years of being patient. How can anyone question the patience of Villa fans? We spend our whole life waiting!
Villan-in-Cyprus
i doubt very much that we will be signing miguel as oniel has pointed out that he is not going to be looking to sign players from the euros! :(
villavillavilla
i doubt very much that we will be signing miguel as oniel has pointed out that he is not going to be looking to sign players from the euros! :(
villavillavilla
3 Million seems quite alot to spend for a 'short term solution'.
Villan-in-Cyprus
3 Million seems quite alot to spend for a 'short term solution'.
Villan-in-Cyprus
I can see the logic in signing Brad Friedel as he is American (and a very good keeper) he would be an ideal roll model for Brad Guzan!
Nigel-not-Reo
I can see the logic in signing Brad Friedel as he is American (and a very good keeper) he would be an ideal roll model for Brad Guzan!
Nigel-not-Reo
MON didn't say he wasn't looking to sign players playing at the euros, he was misinterpreted on that imo. I believe what he was saying was, he wasn't going there to scout new players as he doubted there'd be players there he wasn't already aware of through his scouts.
johnnyuk
MON didn't say he wasn't looking to sign players playing at the euros, he was misinterpreted on that imo. I believe what he was saying was, he wasn't going there to scout new players as he doubted there'd be players there he wasn't already aware of through his scouts.
johnnyuk
he also pointed out that it was unlikley that he would sign any players that are participating in it,, whereas miguel is!
villavillavilla
he also pointed out that it was unlikley that he would sign any players that are participating in it,, whereas miguel is!
villavillavilla
has nobody noticed that MON is so focused on AVFC and recruiting new players that he is going to Euro 2008 to commentate on matches!!!! What the hell is going on? We are 4 players less already than last season. He needs 18 on the park and bench per match and we have signed nobody and look like losing our captain...and MON says Be patient...OMG!
laurie0123
has nobody noticed that MON is so focused on AVFC and recruiting new players that he is going to Euro 2008 to commentate on matches!!!! What the hell is going on? We are 4 players less already than last season. He needs 18 on the park and bench per match and we have signed nobody and look like losing our captain...and MON says Be patient...OMG!
laurie0123
It's a disaster. If this is what he's still saying to Gareth Barry, "be patient", no wonder he's considering leaving. In my opinion, unless we bring in a world class signing THIS WEEK, Barry will be off. Pleeeeeez Martin!
Villan-in-Cyprus
It's a disaster. If this is what he's still saying to Gareth Barry, "be patient", no wonder he's considering leaving. In my opinion, unless we bring in a world class signing THIS WEEK, Barry will be off. Pleeeeeez Martin!
Villan-in-Cyprus
I read in the Metro earlier that Liverpool are not using Crouch but Kuyt as a makeweight in the Barry deal, that is probably more like what would happen. Yikes!!
young_jonah
I read in the Metro earlier that Liverpool are not using Crouch but Kuyt as a makeweight in the Barry deal, that is probably more like what would happen. Yikes!!
young_jonah
villavillavilla, read the article on skysports... but read just the words in quotations... ie. the parts that MON actually said for himself and not the words made up by the reporter and you'll see he makes no mention about not signing a player who is there, only he's not there looking for new talent.
johnnyuk
villavillavilla, read the article on skysports... but read just the words in quotations... ie. the parts that MON actually said for himself and not the words made up by the reporter and you'll see he makes no mention about not signing a player who is there, only he's not there looking for new talent.
johnnyuk
He also said he'd signed a player during a tournament before and it worked out great . . .
Villan-in-Cyprus
He also said he'd signed a player during a tournament before and it worked out great . . .
Villan-in-Cyprus
I think its a good sign, there is no way MON would agree to give his time to the bbc if he wasn't confident that things were being sorted. I saw that Kuyt thing as well, that really is a scary thought. Mind you I'd play him as a RM, lets just hope that if it does happen we're not expecting him to be a center forward.
PTP
I think its a good sign, there is no way MON would agree to give his time to the bbc if he wasn't confident that things were being sorted. I saw that Kuyt thing as well, that really is a scary thought. Mind you I'd play him as a RM, lets just hope that if it does happen we're not expecting him to be a center forward.
PTP
Kuyt is rubbish!! :(
industrial_musical
Kuyt is rubbish!! :(
industrial_musical
shortshadyuk never ceases to amaze me. Is there any foreign players this guy doesn't have the complete run-down on? Players I've never heard of. What am I doing wrong? I've never so much as come across the name Asenjo before, let alone seen him play.
glensider
shortshadyuk never ceases to amaze me. Is there any foreign players this guy doesn't have the complete run-down on? Players I've never heard of. What am I doing wrong? I've never so much as come across the name Asenjo before, let alone seen him play.
glensider
Lets just go through what we need to make an ideal squad to challenge the top 5..... 2 strikers, 2 RM's, 1 attacking Midfielder, 2 RB's, 1 LB, 1-2 CB's, 1-2 Goal Keepers. That's 10-12 more players we need if we want to enter major competitions then we need fresh players outside our top 11 and the major worry is we are now left with a fringe keeper, no right back what so ever and no right midfielder what so ever and only 3 strikers, im telling you next season we could fit our whole squad on the bench.
Villa 4 Ever
Lets just go through what we need to make an ideal squad to challenge the top 5..... 2 strikers, 2 RM's, 1 attacking Midfielder, 2 RB's, 1 LB, 1-2 CB's, 1-2 Goal Keepers. That's 10-12 more players we need if we want to enter major competitions then we need fresh players outside our top 11 and the major worry is we are now left with a fringe keeper, no right back what so ever and no right midfielder what so ever and only 3 strikers, im telling you next season we could fit our whole squad on the bench.
Villa 4 Ever
mon isnt going 2 the euros hes doing it for bbc in london!!
aaron_villa87
mon isnt going 2 the euros hes doing it for bbc in london!!
aaron_villa87
Steven Taylor - 8m is way too much. good player, but not worth the tag. Brad Friedel - 3m is not a bad price. He's a quality keeper but i cant see him leaving rovers at this stage of his career. Peter Crouch - Never given the chance at VP last time round. would like to see him back but not at the expense of Barry. Richard Dunne - Quality, quick and a good defender. Dont think Hughes will want to see him gone. Go get him MoN Sergio Asenjo - Who? at least the scouts seem to be doing somthing! Pedro Mendes - Yes please Stephen Carr - NO NO NO NO NO NO NO NO NO NO NO NO NO NO!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! Miguel - Yes please, but can't see it happening. Shaun Wright-Phillips - it wouldnt be right if we wasnt linked with the lad. Good player, at the right price would like to see him at VP Steve Sidwell - Yes please, thank you very much!!!!
*Holte*End*Star*
Steven Taylor - 8m is way too much. good player, but not worth the tag. Brad Friedel - 3m is not a bad price. He's a quality keeper but i cant see him leaving rovers at this stage of his career. Peter Crouch - Never given the chance at VP last time round. would like to see him back but not at the expense of Barry. Richard Dunne - Quality, quick and a good defender. Dont think Hughes will want to see him gone. Go get him MoN Sergio Asenjo - Who? at least the scouts seem to be doing somthing! Pedro Mendes - Yes please Stephen Carr - NO NO NO NO NO NO NO NO NO NO NO NO NO NO!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! Miguel - Yes please, but can't see it happening. Shaun Wright-Phillips - it wouldnt be right if we wasnt linked with the lad. Good player, at the right price would like to see him at VP Steve Sidwell - Yes please, thank you very much!!!!
*Holte*End*Star*
What you saying about Stephen Carr Holte*End*Star, you interested or not?!?!?!
The Fear
What you saying about Stephen Carr Holte*End*Star, you interested or not?!?!?!
The Fear
The transfer window does my head in, I reckon I can break by current record of how many times I look at Newsnow in a single day..!!!
OneloveVilla
The transfer window does my head in, I reckon I can break by current record of how many times I look at Newsnow in a single day..!!!
OneloveVilla
 

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