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Aston Villa's Wednesday Transfer Rumours

Oh how nice it is to be back in cold and wet England after 10 days in Portugal. How do they manage to live like that? They really suffer with blue skies, sun soaked beaches and fresh air!

Anyway, I predicted before I went away that all the action would happen, sadly I was totally wrong and we have still no one in. Still, ever the optimist, the first signing (Curtis Davies aside) can only be a matter of days, weeks or months away!

Supposed Villa target Peter Crouch looks set to re-sign for Portsmouth, so that is one rumour put to bed. What else is going on?

One report is claiming that Steve Sidwell is undergoing a medical today. Yesterday The Times reported that Sidwell was on the verge of a 5m move to Aston Villa, so if today's report is true, it looks like we might have our Barry replacement!

The Daily Mirror says that Martin O'Neill wants 17m plus defender Steve Finnan for Gareth Barry and wants the money to be paid in two instalments over two years. The Times yesterday claimed that MON was set to accept 15million and Finnan.

The red top also claims we'll bid 11million for Portugal right-back Miguel currently at Valencia.

The Mirror also say that both Villa and Blackburn are monitoring West Ham's contract talks with Robert Green as they apparently stalled on Tuesday night.

Paper reports yesterday suggested that Blackburn would sell Villa target David Bentley but only for 17million. Spurs and Liverpool are also said to be tracking the England winger.

The Sun have claimed that Villa are once again looking to loan a keeper, this time Manchester United's Ben Foster. They also repeated the links to Tottenham's Paul Robinson and United States international Brad Guzan. I REALLY hope we aren't going for another loan, for one thing that means two games (not including the FA Cup 3rd round tie v United!) where he can't play + we are not a financially strapped club, so why are we looking at loan deals?

The Times have reported that we are looking at Spurs midfielder and former Fulham midfielder Steed Malbranque.

The Times also linked us to Sheffield Wednesday defender Frank Simek.

Another from earlier in the week had Villa, Spurs and Arsenal linked to Real Madrid midfielder Ruben de la Red.

The News Of The World claimed that Aston Villa want 2m more from Celtic as the clubs look at a swap deal involving Shaun Maloney and Lee Naylor.




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The Journalist

Writer: J P Fear Mail feedback, articles or suggestions

Date:Wednesday July 9 2008

Time: 11:22AM

Your Comments

Thanks Tez, would rather be over there, today I think I will be mainly crying!!!!!!!!!!!!!
The Fear
Welcome back Fear. My mate is a Wednesday fan and he was raving about Simek the other day, he may well be biased but he thinks he was the best defender in the championship and he would do well in the prem. He did say however that he loves wednesday and he would never leave...
Tez86
Totally agree Mr Fear about the loaning of a gk, we did that last year as a one off. We should be buying i would be happy with Gurzan and Robinson.
astonsteve
Welcome Mr Fear...No signings...but atleast you wont miss the arrival of any player :)
JOHN.CAREWS.CREW
Do we think it may be time to sign a keeper instead of loaning one?
young_jonah
I'm fairly ok with the idea of loaning - it gives us a chance to have a good look at someone with 'potential' but equally if things go well it often means the player forms an attachment with the club & might force the hand of the owning club into letting them go. That would be the only way I could see Foster ever ending up with us on a permanent basis....
YatesyVillain
Loaning is lose-lose sitaution, you only have to look at Carson and Milner to see that. If they do well the price baloons unless it's a deal like we got with Curtis
tarzan
os says weve agreed to sign sidwell subject to medical and captaincy is yet to be decided due to who may be coming in
avflell
I agree with YatesyVillain and I can see loan as a good solution - if you can not get your wishlist No.1 for some reason. If your target No.1 is not reachable this year, he could be reachable one year later or you could find someone new and better and send back loanee without any problem (no multiyear contract). For me, loan is ok.
Majkee
Sidwell is basically a Villa player by the looks of it, confirmation is on the OS.
UpTheHolte
No more loan deals please Martin. It is not the way to go. Sidwell's arrival, if it indeed happens,eets with my full approval, while I'm breathing a huge sigh of relief that it looks as if Crouch will end up at Pompey. Way to go 'Arry. No Robinson please, no Guzan either, but otherwise Mart, feel free to keep on spending.
glensider
Would like to think that we're seriously in for David Bentley. Yes, we'd have plenty of quality competition for his signature, but at least lets ruffle some feathers. Welcome home Mr Fear, by the way. Clearly MON was awaiting your return before bringing any new faces onboard.
glensider
I don't think having a keeper on loan is such a bad idea, what if we'd bought Carson last year for X millions we'd be stuck with him now. What a waste of money that would've been.
johnmurphy3112
 

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