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Former Villa Keeper Joins the Baggies

In a deal worth considerably less (you little scamp Raffa!) than what Aston Villa were quoted, West Bromwich Albion have today signed goalkeeper Scott Carson.

When looking overall at the opinion of the now England International, it is difficult to find a middle ground. The general consensus with Villa fans was that Scotty, dodgy moustache and all, was somewhat of a disaster waiting to happen, often delivering as expected with a series of blunders, and absences of the mind, body and even soul as those crosses from out wide came flying in.

The media on the other hand, seem to think that Carson had an "excellent" season with AVFC, and expected us to pay the full whack that Rafa Beneitez was asking for the stopper, who had fallen so far down the Anfield pecking order, I doubt he was pecked at all.

Stoke and West Brom were linked with moves, and Thursday saw Tony Pullis` side pull out of negations to take the keeper to the Britannia Stadium, now complete with it`s statue in the honour of legendary goalkeeper Gordon Banks.

This is where West Brom stepped in, and have now snapped up ex-Villa and Charlton loanee for an initial 3.25million.

Carson`s agent, Colin Gordon told Sky Sports:

"The deal has been done. Scott has signed a four-year deal with West Brom.
"They will pay 3.25million which will rise to 4million for Scott."

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Writer: Murph Mail feedback, articles or suggestions

Date:Friday July 18 2008

Time: 2:06PM

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18/07/2008 14:11:00

Does that mean Rovers will be after Robbo now? In exchange for Bentley?
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18/07/2008 14:11:00

So if we paid for 2mil for him, does that mean we could have had him for 1.25mil? Probably not.
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18/07/2008 14:15:00

I think this is a good signing for West Brom personally. As far as I'm concerned Carson was looking great up until Steve 'Umbrella Man' McClaren pitched him in to a do-or-die crucial international match which unfortunatly shattered his confidence. He's had a lot of undue slack from all angles and I still think he'll be an England no. 1 sometime in the future. If the Baggies can stay up for a prolonged period and Carson stays there 4m will be a bargain. And no Jonah, the 2m was just for loan fees. And of course even then we wouldn't have got him for 3.25m, depending who you listened to, we were quoted 6-10m, remember?
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18/07/2008 14:36:00

I think it's a really good signing for the baggies & the sort of player they need to be looking at to help them stay up. I don't understand why we were quoted 10m for him though! Liverpool have gone right down in my estimations these days, they are a joke! Anyway good luck to Carson I liked him.
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18/07/2008 15:16:00

Apparantly Liverpool have an option to buy him back at a set price. Sneaky feckers they are
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18/07/2008 15:39:00

i imagine blackburn will look to green now. bentley's our, so keep your grubby mitts off spuds!
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18/07/2008 16:03:00

Just shows you how little notice the national media take of teams outside the top four if they think Car Crash had a good season.
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18/07/2008 17:53:00

They're going down They're going down, Baggies going down. Oh dear, what a pity, never mind.
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18/07/2008 18:40:00

And MON has said that he's not after Bentley any more. I may crawl into a cave for a few weeks and just wait for the first team sheet to find out what transfers we've managed to complete. It's like dangling off a cliff with only your best mate holding on to you: you've got faith, but it's not comfortable!
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18/07/2008 19:08:00

guys seriously anyone else thinking MON does not have the hang of this transfer business? pool qoute 10 for carson, mon says no end off. same with crouch i believe pool qoute 16 MON backs off again, now he's put a 10 mill bid in for bentley, it's rejected and MON disappears. i believe it's called Haggling, why won't he haggle? at least he consistant i suppose the Barry thing 18 and no room for haggling
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18/07/2008 20:10:00

The Baggies have been ripped off. The guy will cost them points left, right and centre. One of the worst keepers I've ever seen at Villa Park, on a par with Evan Williams and/or John Phillips.
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18/07/2008 21:27:00

funny thing is nearly all the second choice keepers at liverpool have gone on to be some of the best keepers around, friedal and James, Carson at only 23! will do the same. that england game destroyed his confidance. i think in a few years time Villa will look back and wish they had signed him. just curious what are youse goign to pay for Friedal if you try sign him? and how old is he?
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18/07/2008 21:39:00

Disagree Ronin2009. Its a total myth that Carson only went downhill after his England nightmare. He was displaying basic faults since his debut at St James Park. Hesitant, failure to come for crosses, fumbling the ball etc etc. You can only go by his time with us to judge whether or not we should have signed him, and the only answer we could come up with is a resounding 'No'. Not good enough.
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19/07/2008 10:52:00

Carson was at best ........ average......... glad the baggies have got him though!
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19/07/2008 17:21:00


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