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Friday's Aston Villa Transfer News!

The Sun are covering the reports that appeared online yesterday that Villa, along with Spurs, are after £6million rated West Ham defender Anton Ferdinand. Apparently the Hammers are prepared to listen to offers for the brother of Manchester United and England defender Rio. The report also repeat the rumours that Portuguese right-backs Joao Pereira and Miguel are also targets.

The Daily Mail say Villa should complete the signing of Steve Sidwell in the next few days although according to other reports a fee has yet to be agreed. The paper also say we have the following players on our list: El Hadji Diouf (Bolton), Darren Bent (Spurs), Jimmy Bullard (Fulham), Tom Huddlestone (Spurs), James Milner (Newcastle), Aaron Lennon (Spurs), Pascal Chimbonda (Spurs), Joao Pereira (Sporting Braga) and Shaun Scannell (Crystal Palace). DIOUF? Oh blimey no!

The Birmingham Post report that Steve Sidwell has been on holiday in Dubai and is due home today, possibly after that talks can begin.

Various reports are suggesting we'll beat the other teams to the punch and bid £15million for Blackburn midfielder David Bentley.

The Daily Record says that Celtic would like Darren Bent on a season long loan but that Villa and Sunderland are after the striker and want to get him on a permanent deal.

Craig Gardner has spoken of the possible signing of Steve Sidwell saying on Sky Sports News, 'He's an excellent player. I can't wait if he comes. I can't wait to play alongside him. It would be a great signing. I can't wait to see him down here. He's got everything. He's got a good engine, he can tackle and pass. He's a box-to-box player and that's what Villa want. He's a top class player. Chelsea don't buy amateur players. What more can they (the fans) ask for?'

He also said of the link to David Bentley, 'Bentley's an England international. If he comes it would be another great signing. O'Neill's bringing in top class players and that's what we need.'

Again, a player - this time ours and not Liverpool's Steven Gerrard talking about wanting Gareth Barry at Anfield - talking up moves for players contracted to other clubs. There should surely be rules about them not doing this at least until fee's have been agreed? Managers and clubs aren't allowed to do it for fear of being accused of tapping up players!

On a positive note Craig Gardner also said he thinks Villa skipper Gareth Barry will still be at Villa next season.




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Date:Friday June 20 2008

Time: 9:29AM

Your Comments

Like a lot of the names on that list. Only one I'd worry about is Diouf???!?!?!
The Fear
Like a lot of the names on that list. Only one I'd worry about is Diouf???!?!?!
The Fear
Diouf! Lets hope not. 'Bentley's an England international. If he comes it would be another great signing. [b]O'Neill's bringing in top class players[/b] and that's what we need.' Gardner know something we dont?
steako
DIOUF!!!! NOOOO NO NO NO NO NO NO NO NO NO NO NO NO NO NO NO NO NO NO NO NO NO NO NO NO NO NO NO NO NO NO NO NO NO NO NO NO NO NO NO NO NO NO NO NO NO NO NO NO NO NO NO NO NO NO NO NO NO NO NO NO NO NO NO NO NO NO NO NO NO NO NO NO NO NO NO NO NO NO NO NO NO NO NO NO NO NO NO NO
industrial_musical
DIOUF!!!! NOOOO NO NO NO NO NO NO NO NO NO NO NO NO NO NO NO NO NO NO NO NO NO NO NO NO NO NO NO NO NO NO NO NO NO NO NO NO NO NO NO NO NO NO NO NO NO NO NO NO NO NO NO NO NO NO NO NO NO NO NO NO NO NO NO NO NO NO NO NO NO NO NO NO NO NO NO NO NO NO NO NO NO NO NO NO NO NO NO NO
industrial_musical
Diouf! Lets hope not. 'Bentley's an England international. If he comes it would be another great signing. [b]O'Neill's bringing in top class players[/b] and that's what we need.' Gardner know something we dont?
steako
What is it about Villa being linked to an endless stream of Portuguese right-backs?!
olafthegreat
What is it about Villa being linked to an endless stream of Portuguese right-backs?!
olafthegreat
Maybe there's an oversupply of Portuguese right backs, we are certainly in demand of one or two right backs anyway!
The Usual Suspect
Maybe there's an oversupply of Portuguese right backs, we are certainly in demand of one or two right backs anyway!
The Usual Suspect
With Big Phills team going out last night perhpas MON will pop to his hotel and do the biz on Sidwell with SWP as well!
DudleyPhill
With Big Phills team going out last night perhpas MON will pop to his hotel and do the biz on Sidwell with SWP as well!
DudleyPhill
I certainly hope so DudleyPhill. Apparently El Hadji Diouf was named in the FIFA 100 (a list of the greatest living footballers selected by Pelé) Has the world gone mad?
Villan-in-Cyprus
I certainly hope so DudleyPhill. Apparently El Hadji Diouf was named in the FIFA 100 (a list of the greatest living footballers selected by Pelé) Has the world gone mad?
Villan-in-Cyprus
Its like waiting for busses villa transfer news, nothing for ages and ages then a shed load of it all at once, lets just hope we sign a good few of the ones being mentioned! UTV
jayvilla
Its like waiting for busses villa transfer news, nothing for ages and ages then a shed load of it all at once, lets just hope we sign a good few of the ones being mentioned! UTV
jayvilla
Diouf is a tosser, and I shell don't want him! Thank god its just a rumour... please? As for the rest, I'd be happy to get them all on board before the start of next seasno! Come on MON, hands out of pockets son!
romanianvillain
Diouf is a tosser, and I shell don't want him! Thank god its just a rumour... please? As for the rest, I'd be happy to get them all on board before the start of next seasno! Come on MON, hands out of pockets son!
romanianvillain
i hate gerrard so much. dirty bin dipping chav scouse scum bag. liverpool is fast becomming a joke, and massively in debt, with no sign of the new stadium coming. not the liverpool of old.
Stig
i hate gerrard so much. dirty bin dipping chav scouse scum bag. liverpool is fast becomming a joke, and massively in debt, with no sign of the new stadium coming. not the liverpool of old.
Stig
I agree I hate liverdrool to now, who do they think they are, I can see things falling apart for them, no money, in house fighting and fat rafa will be gone before long. I can still see barry going no-where.
johnmurphy3112
I agree I hate liverdrool to now, who do they think they are, I can see things falling apart for them, no money, in house fighting and fat rafa will be gone before long. I can still see barry going no-where.
johnmurphy3112
Surely we must be in for another CB? At least for cover until Davies is fully healthy. I'm surprised we aren't linked with more CB's other than A. Ferdinand.
attila11101
Surely we must be in for another CB? At least for cover until Davies is fully healthy. I'm surprised we aren't linked with more CB's other than A. Ferdinand.
attila11101
we are linked with that romanian cb, goian is it.
Danzel
we are linked with that romanian cb, goian is it.
Danzel
Why don't we buy Anton Ferdinand and put him at right back. The mighty Melberg did a good job but ferdinand is younger and quicker plus having MON as manager we could get another one playing for England
cider_pete
Why don't we buy Anton Ferdinand and put him at right back. The mighty Melberg did a good job but ferdinand is younger and quicker plus having MON as manager we could get another one playing for England
cider_pete
You are being linked with some good quality midfielders. If Sidwell can rediscover his Reading form he would be a great signing.
dazza71
You are being linked with some good quality midfielders. If Sidwell can rediscover his Reading form he would be a great signing.
dazza71
Oh god not Diouf...please!
Villa4Europe
Oh god not Diouf...please!
Villa4Europe
This is all hogwash, nothing is happening until July 1st that's obvious. The market is controlled by the big 4.
tarzan
This is all hogwash, nothing is happening until July 1st that's obvious. The market is controlled by the big 4.
tarzan
Happy with Ferdinand, he can only get better. Id prefer him over Gary Cahill. He's already proved he can handle the premiership and with a move away from the limelight of London and MON's guidance he could really become a great player for us. £6m seems a bit cheap in todays money. We'll end up paying more like 9m if we sign him.
son_of_cher
Happy with Ferdinand, he can only get better. Id prefer him over Gary Cahill. He's already proved he can handle the premiership and with a move away from the limelight of London and MON's guidance he could really become a great player for us. £6m seems a bit cheap in todays money. We'll end up paying more like 9m if we sign him.
son_of_cher
Im not mad on Ferdinand dont think he's anything special
Pking
Im not mad on Ferdinand dont think he's anything special
Pking
I think that Diouf, for all his faults, is a superb footballer, extremely talented, but whether I'd want him at Villa Park is another matter.
glensider
I think that Diouf, for all his faults, is a superb footballer, extremely talented, but whether I'd want him at Villa Park is another matter.
glensider
Sidwell we will face fierce competition for. I dont think that this deal is as cut and dried as the media would have us believe.
glensider
Sidwell we will face fierce competition for. I dont think that this deal is as cut and dried as the media would have us believe.
glensider
 

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