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Friday's Aston Villa Transfer Rumours

Not much on the rumour front today.

The Daily Mail say that Manchester City are competing with Villa for the signature of 37-year-old Blackburn keeper Brad Friedel. They claim that City were alerted that Villa were set to put a 2.5million offer in for the USA keeper. They go on to claim that Rovers new boss Paul Ince is looking to Spurs keeper Paul Robinson (also linked to us, wrongly it seems by current whispers) and that Friedel's position is no longer secure. Arsene Wenger is also apparently monitoring the situation for Arsenal.

The Independent say that Spurs are 'closing in on an offer' for 23-year-old England and Blackburn winger David Bentley, who has also been strongly linked to Villa in the last week or so. The paper repeat the false claim that we have already offered 10million for him and add 'Spurs are prepared to negotiate with Blackburn over a series of players they are willing to offer in part exchange, which include the goalkeeper Paul Robinson, although he continues to interest Villa and may prefer to move there.'

The official site also have Ben Foster from Man Utd and Robert Green of West Ham amongst today's links.

Meanwhile Eidur Gudjohnsen's agent has told Sky Sports News that the Barcelona striker isn't keen on a move to Villa after recent links. The 29-year-old is apparently interesting the usual suspects including Villa, Manchester City, West Ham and Portsmouth. His father, who is also his agent, said: 'I have seen some speculation about Eidur and Aston Villa, but I don't think he was very keen on that. I think if he was to return to England he would prefer to go to London or Manchester rather than Birmingham. There are a few clubs interested, but there is nothing serious at the moment. I think he will leave Barcelona and he is keeping his options open at present.'




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Writer: J P Fear Mail feedback, articles or suggestions

Date:Friday July 11 2008

Time: 12:56PM

Your Comments

Not much of note there, although I don't think Friedel is the ideal choice for GK, simply because he is coming towards the end of his career, is too short-term, and has no sell-on value.
romanianvillain
Not great if he costs 2.5m I'd not think, a very fine keeper but...
The Fear
For 2.5 mil I would take him who cares if we cant sell him 2.5 is a smal amount in todays terms. He is an excellent keeper who is still very much in form you only have to look at last season match against United. I would prefer Robbo or Boruc but we will not get both of them one of those and Friedel would do me fine.
Tez86
i was under the impression thatwe'd get friedel and guzan, with guzan playing understudy for a season or 2. i think if friedel can help us get a euro spot then the 2.5 is money well spent. any thoughts?
bobbyfett
Like I said earlier I would take friedel for 2.5mil if we get another keeper in as well such as Robbo Boruc Guzan or Green we could probably have 2 keepers for around 7-8 mil or 10-12 million (depending on the second keeper) which I see as good business. Boruc and Guzan dont have prem experience which they need as ours is a much faster game. Friedel could easily hold the fort while the new lad trains up and gains experience before taking the number 1 shirt with both hands...
Tez86
I agree that 2.5 mil isn't huge in the great scheme of things, but it kind of goes against what MON usually tries to do in the transfer market. Friedel is a very good keeper, but would still much prefer Robbo, Guzan or Boruc. There'd be no point in paying 2.5 for a keeper to sit on the bench with no sell-on value, and if we bought Robbo (or someone else) they're not gonna be happy sitting on the bench as no 2 to Friedel.
romanianvillain
Tez86 Boruc has champions league experince, I would think that was enough. And he would NEVER join us as a 2. choice keeper.
Faroe_villa_rules
Guzan is on his way - who's our number 1 choice?
tarzan
get them all on trial and bring them to the bank next tuesday!
wimp2k7
I dont think we will get Boruc honestly would love him but he wont be allowed amongst other things. Guzan has admitted he wants to come to us and was only denied because of a permit. I would say its quite likely we end up with two american goalies. Besides Freidel is a legend over there he has is own acadamies and everything, Guzan would relishes a chance to learn from someone like him while he is settling in to the big boy league...
Tez86
might i remind you that we paid 2m just to LOAN carson for a season so 2.5m is ok As for Gudjohnsen its his father saying he thinks eidur wouldnt want the move its not from eidurs mouth but he is over rated and fat now
shortshadyuk
I think friedel would be ace, sturdy and reliable, did anyone see the Manure v Blackburn game. He was epic!!!! Gudjohnnson not sure about him, or the spelling, I am a *****!!!!
erv2005
I do like the Brad Friedel link. I think he would be ideal to be our number one for the immediate future, with maybe Guzan learning the ropes and honing his talents as our number two.
glensider
I'd also like Steve Finnan from Liverpool. He remains a quality premiership right full back, would solve a problem position for us, and do a good job for maybe a couple of seasons. He is a very good defender, and when getting forward he's capable of putting in some very telling crosses. Certainly he'd be the best right back we've had at Villa Park in a long, long time.
glensider
 

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