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Villa & Chelsea Agree Sidwell Fee?

According to reports just emerging Aston Villa and Chelsea have agreed a 5.5 million fee for Steve Sidwell.

There is, at present, no confirmation on either official site so as ever, I'd take these things with pinch of salt but then again, a move for the former Reading midfielder has been muted for a long time and the 25-year-old definitely has to move on from Stamford Bridge to get his career back on track.

Some reports are suggesting this will signal the departure of Gareth Barry, I disagree, without a fee suitable being agreed - and Villa are in the driving seat on that side of things - he won't be going anywhere. We don't have to sell in order to buy.

So what do you think. Is Steve Sidwell, if he agrees personal terms and does make the move, a good signing? Our latest poll asks the very thing, what a happy coincidence.




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The Journalist

Writer: J P Fear Mail feedback, articles or suggestions

Date:Wednesday June 18 2008

Time: 11:08AM

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No doubt he is a good player just never got a run in the side at Chelsea. If he was playing every week for you he will certainly do a good job.
sw6cfc
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18/06/2008 11:17:00

No doubt he is a good player just never got a run in the side at Chelsea. If he was playing every week for you he will certainly do a good job.
sw6cfc
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18/06/2008 11:17:00

About time.
The Usual Suspect
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18/06/2008 11:33:00

About time.
The Usual Suspect
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18/06/2008 11:33:00

Still a way to go, only fee's agreed so far (and only according to the press). That said, he has to move on so hopefully this will be done quickly!
The Fear
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18/06/2008 11:34:00

Still a way to go, only fee's agreed so far (and only according to the press). That said, he has to move on so hopefully this will be done quickly!
The Fear
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18/06/2008 11:34:00

Given a run in the team and some confidence-building by MON and the staff, I think this guy will contribute well. He's a good player and ran the show for Reading two seasons ago when they finished well in the league. Another measue of him would be to see how far Reading fell when he left and Coppell didn't have a good enough replacement.
AllanW
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18/06/2008 11:35:00

Given a run in the team and some confidence-building by MON and the staff, I think this guy will contribute well. He's a good player and ran the show for Reading two seasons ago when they finished well in the league. Another measue of him would be to see how far Reading fell when he left and Coppell didn't have a good enough replacement.
AllanW
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18/06/2008 11:35:00

I think it would be a great signing
scoops
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18/06/2008 11:36:00

I think it would be a great signing
scoops
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18/06/2008 11:36:00

Yeah good signing if it happens. I think the rumours have been too strong for there to be nothing in it. Still need a creative centre midfield player and a wide one. In my dreams can we have Bentley and Van der Vart please! Then we WOULD have a quality midfield, even with the loss of GB.
krfeskivilla
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18/06/2008 11:38:00

Yeah good signing if it happens. I think the rumours have been too strong for there to be nothing in it. Still need a creative centre midfield player and a wide one. In my dreams can we have Bentley and Van der Vart please! Then we WOULD have a quality midfield, even with the loss of GB.
krfeskivilla
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18/06/2008 11:38:00

Quality player. Remember him scoring past us twice I think it was. Good work Mr O'Neill. Now on to Boruc, a stab at getting Bentley, failing that 9m Milner. Things are looking up.
evoflash
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18/06/2008 11:42:00

Quality player. Remember him scoring past us twice I think it was. Good work Mr O'Neill. Now on to Boruc, a stab at getting Bentley, failing that 9m Milner. Things are looking up.
evoflash
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18/06/2008 11:42:00

He aint great but will provide a little strength in depth, still think we need to be looking at a higher class of player to desrupt the top 4...hell have to die his hair though it will clash horribly with the home kit :)
Astonian Villan
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18/06/2008 12:24:00

He aint great but will provide a little strength in depth, still think we need to be looking at a higher class of player to desrupt the top 4...hell have to die his hair though it will clash horribly with the home kit :)
Astonian Villan
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18/06/2008 12:24:00

Good solid signing...could turn out to be great for sure. And he's English, which is always nice...
olafthegreat
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18/06/2008 12:37:00

Good solid signing...could turn out to be great for sure. And he's English, which is always nice...
olafthegreat
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18/06/2008 12:37:00

Barry on his way out then?
pulse
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18/06/2008 12:47:00

Barry on his way out then?
pulse
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18/06/2008 12:47:00

He is a fantastic player and I hope this goes through OK, he really could never be replaced by Reading and that is why they went down ultimately.
KSarge1
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18/06/2008 12:57:00

He is a fantastic player and I hope this goes through OK, he really could never be replaced by Reading and that is why they went down ultimately.
KSarge1
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18/06/2008 12:57:00

be a nice positive move, Barry in or out is regardless, together they would be good as well.
The Fear
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18/06/2008 13:11:00

be a nice positive move, Barry in or out is regardless, together they would be good as well.
The Fear
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18/06/2008 13:11:00

Lets get him signed and move on to the next on, we still have long way to go in this window and many more players we need!
Tez86
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18/06/2008 13:16:00

Lets get him signed and move on to the next on, we still have long way to go in this window and many more players we need!
Tez86
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18/06/2008 13:16:00

I think we will sign Sidwell and Barry will depart after, I think MON wont let Barry go until we have the replacement in place. Good thinking and we will have extra cash to spend. Van Der Vaart next whooooo,
erv2005
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18/06/2008 13:41:00

I think we will sign Sidwell and Barry will depart after, I think MON wont let Barry go until we have the replacement in place. Good thinking and we will have extra cash to spend. Van Der Vaart next whooooo,
erv2005
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18/06/2008 13:41:00

According to the BBC Van Der "Fart" doesn't have much respect for his team mates while sat on the bench - The Little stinker!!!
Adam Deuce
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18/06/2008 14:36:00

According to the BBC Van Der "Fart" doesn't have much respect for his team mates while sat on the bench - The Little stinker!!!
Adam Deuce
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18/06/2008 14:36:00

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18/06/2008 14:56:00

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18/06/2008 14:56:00

Good signing (almost). Fits the criteria (young, English). Had a good season at Reading, didn't get the opportunities at Chelski. Nice one.
DoLpHiNaToR
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18/06/2008 15:05:00

Good signing (almost). Fits the criteria (young, English). Had a good season at Reading, didn't get the opportunities at Chelski. Nice one.
DoLpHiNaToR
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18/06/2008 15:05:00

the signing of Sidwell would be a great move by MON, 5.5m is a steal IMO, though I do believe you will miss the balance, Barry gave you in the middle as a left footer.
oxfordspur
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18/06/2008 17:12:00

the signing of Sidwell would be a great move by MON, 5.5m is a steal IMO, though I do believe you will miss the balance, Barry gave you in the middle as a left footer.
oxfordspur
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18/06/2008 17:12:00

Sidwell is a genuine nice guy apparently too. A friend of mine saw him having to calm Wally Downs down because someone called him "mate". Down to earth person although this was before he went to Chelsea.
Villan444
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18/06/2008 17:25:00

Sidwell is a genuine nice guy apparently too. A friend of mine saw him having to calm Wally Downs down because someone called him "mate". Down to earth person although this was before he went to Chelsea.
Villan444
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18/06/2008 17:25:00

What do the Reading fans think of him? Be interested to get a balanced assessment from them
tarzan
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18/06/2008 18:14:00

What do the Reading fans think of him? Be interested to get a balanced assessment from them
tarzan
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18/06/2008 18:14:00

that is terribly worded vila444! r u implying he is not a nice guy n ting?
villavillavilla
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18/06/2008 18:35:00

that is terribly worded vila444! r u implying he is not a nice guy n ting?
villavillavilla
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18/06/2008 18:35:00

Long story but, the Reading whole squad were in the same resort as a few friends of mine. Wally Downs ( the Reading Coach ) who is a bit of a psycho lost the plot because someone called him mate ( which apparently he hates???) Sidwell had to calm the psycho down and went on to apologise to the lads and bought them drinks etc. He was telling everyone that he was off to Newcastle (until Chelsea came in with a last minute bid) and didn't even consider Villa.
Villan444
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18/06/2008 18:52:00

Long story but, the Reading whole squad were in the same resort as a few friends of mine. Wally Downs ( the Reading Coach ) who is a bit of a psycho lost the plot because someone called him mate ( which apparently he hates???) Sidwell had to calm the psycho down and went on to apologise to the lads and bought them drinks etc. He was telling everyone that he was off to Newcastle (until Chelsea came in with a last minute bid) and didn't even consider Villa.
Villan444
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18/06/2008 18:52:00

Steve Sidwell - good solid signing. Now let's hope the Anfield cowboys stop farting around and cough up the 18m for Barry so's Magic MON can press ahead in the transfer market. Being a realist, I'd like to see: Boruc between the sticks, Bentley in midfield, a classy John Gidman clone at right back, three or four squad players to add depth, and a top notch striker coup to finish things off (Henry - not Bent!). That'd to nicely! UEFA Cup, here we come!
pongogidman
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18/06/2008 18:56:00

Steve Sidwell - good solid signing. Now let's hope the Anfield cowboys stop farting around and cough up the 18m for Barry so's Magic MON can press ahead in the transfer market. Being a realist, I'd like to see: Boruc between the sticks, Bentley in midfield, a classy John Gidman clone at right back, three or four squad players to add depth, and a top notch striker coup to finish things off (Henry - not Bent!). That'd to nicely! UEFA Cup, here we come!
pongogidman
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18/06/2008 18:56:00

A very shrewd signing IMO. He is a very good player, so by the time MON has finished building his confidence by telling him how good he is etc... he will become an even better player.
Nigel-not-Reo
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18/06/2008 19:15:00

A very shrewd signing IMO. He is a very good player, so by the time MON has finished building his confidence by telling him how good he is etc... he will become an even better player.
Nigel-not-Reo
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18/06/2008 19:15:00

how much? I thought it was only us who got mugged in the transfer market!
merlin
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18/06/2008 21:34:00

how much? I thought it was only us who got mugged in the transfer market!
merlin
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18/06/2008 21:34:00

Depends now on the players agreeing terms I suppose.
col8
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18/06/2008 22:26:00

Depends now on the players agreeing terms I suppose.
col8
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18/06/2008 22:26:00

I told my mate that we have agreed a fee and all he said in reply was "didnt you call him a ginger ****" referring to when I did during the reading game 2 seasons ago...I had absolute no comeback lol
Tez86
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18/06/2008 22:37:00

I told my mate that we have agreed a fee and all he said in reply was "didnt you call him a ginger ****" referring to when I did during the reading game 2 seasons ago...I had absolute no comeback lol
Tez86
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18/06/2008 22:37:00

Sidwell will be a fantastic signing,not to replace Barry, but to play alongside him. More signings of this standard would be brilliant.
romanianvillain
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18/06/2008 23:20:00

Sidwell will be a fantastic signing,not to replace Barry, but to play alongside him. More signings of this standard would be brilliant.
romanianvillain
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18/06/2008 23:20:00

No terms agreed yet so i`m not gonna hold me breath.
ASPINALL
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19/06/2008 06:57:00

No terms agreed yet so i`m not gonna hold me breath.
ASPINALL
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19/06/2008 06:57:00

agree aspinall, in the shirt on the pitch is the measure!
The Fear
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19/06/2008 13:45:00

agree aspinall, in the shirt on the pitch is the measure!
The Fear
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19/06/2008 13:45:00

If he can recapture his Reading form he would be a great signing. Another English player who Chelsea bought to sit on the sidelines!
dazza71
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19/06/2008 14:40:00

If he can recapture his Reading form he would be a great signing. Another English player who Chelsea bought to sit on the sidelines!
dazza71
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19/06/2008 14:40:00

what is the price.. Is it 5.5 mill...
captnTERRYfic
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20/06/2008 08:40:00

what is the price.. Is it 5.5 mill...
captnTERRYfic
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20/06/2008 08:40:00

This might not be as cut and dried as the media has suggested it might be. Seems as if no fee has yet been agreed with Chelsea, and I would expect other suitors to stake a claim for his services. Sidwell is a quality player, who will be much in demand.
glensider
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22/06/2008 05:56:00

This might not be as cut and dried as the media has suggested it might be. Seems as if no fee has yet been agreed with Chelsea, and I would expect other suitors to stake a claim for his services. Sidwell is a quality player, who will be much in demand.
glensider
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22/06/2008 05:56:00

It may of course be that Scholari decides to keep a hold of his fringe players, including Sidwell, until he has evaluated their capabilities.
glensider
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22/06/2008 05:58:00

It may of course be that Scholari decides to keep a hold of his fringe players, including Sidwell, until he has evaluated their capabilities.
glensider
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22/06/2008 05:58:00

 

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