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Wednesday's Villa Press Talk On Transfers

The Daily Mirror have reported that Aston Villa are looking to 'hijack' Younes Kaboul's 5m transfer to Sunderland. I'm not totally sure that move was ever on as his agent said the defender wasn't interested, but we did report yesterday that Harry Redknapp said Kaboul was on his way to Villa! (Yesterdays transfer rumour round up we said: have an article on Spurs defender Younes Kaboul. Harry Redknapp is a potential suitor but the Pompey boss things that we will beat them to the punch. Roy Keane at Sunderland has had a bid accepted by Kaboul's agent told that the player would not join Sunderland 'even if there was an earthquake'. Redknapp told the Portsmouth News 'I would like a centre-half. Younes Kaboul wants to come here, but I heard Kaboul is going to Villa. I don't think there is anything he can do about it. If Villa are in for him he may have to go there. We made an offer with what we thought was a fair valuation but if we want some players in we also need to sell a few.' Eh?! Me no understand. That said, me no really care either!) The Mirror claim that Kaboul is available at around 5million and has asked for more time to consider a switch to Sunderland.

The Sun this morning claim that Villa are back in for Chelsea and England winger Shaun Wright-Phillips and the Red Top says we have jumped to the front of the queue for the 26-year-old also linked with an 8million move to Portsmouth who have apparently cooled their interest.

Some rumours flying around are suggesting Martin O'Neill was late to the Walsall game yesterday having spent much of the day with Blackburn keeper Brad Friedel. This could just be Chinese whispers it has to be pointed out.

The Express and Star report that Villa are after Portsmouth full-back Noe Paramot with Hull also chasing the player.

The E&S also say that Villa are set to bid for Real Sociedad goalkeeper Asier Riesgo.

And that appears to be all the links today. What do you think, Shaun Wright-Phillips do you? Would you be happy with Kaboul? Both would be keen to make their mark I'd think? Surely SWP can't keep his England place if he continually spends so much time on the bench? And just who was Hong Kong Fu? Surely not the mild mannered janitor?

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Writer: J P Fear Mail feedback, articles or suggestions

Date:Wednesday July 23 2008

Time: 10:09AM

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I havent got a clue who the last two players mentioned are, but I'd be happy with SWP, he has much to prove to the new England manager and would be well up for it after his lack of appearances over the past couple of seasons. Kaboul? Well, he'd be ok, better than nothing!!
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23/07/2008 10:15:00

SWP has always been my favourite choice for RW tbh so fingers crossed.
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23/07/2008 10:19:00

MON was at my house having a cup of tea and missed hi bus
Astonian Villan
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23/07/2008 10:34:00

Noe Parawho? Is he a Right-Back? Sign him up! As for SWP, I wouldn't be at all surprised to see him still at Chelsea next year. A guy that says he's happy to stay and fight for his place in a team he must surely know he's not going to get into for over two years stinks to me of someone who doesn't care as long as he's getting his megabucks wages. I hope I'm wrong, of course, evryone knows he's a good player. I stand by what I've been saying though, I'm all in for Milner, hope to see him back at VP.
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23/07/2008 10:35:00

I'd be happy with SWP, but not kaboul, romanianvillian has written 'Kaboul? Well, he'd be ok, better than nothing!!' Is this where we are at, because there has been such little transfer action we are now prepared to accept average players just to fill out a thread bare squad. For me its getting to the stage where we are like a sunday pub team turning up and wondering whether we'll have 11 players or not!!
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23/07/2008 10:44:00

I think what romanianvillain meant to say is 'Kaboul? Well he'd be OK, better than Knight!!'
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23/07/2008 10:55:00

Oh well the SWP link had to come around again I suppose. We've had it for the last 2 years at least - feels more like 22. Can someone wake me when we get a signing please or when we are linked to player we haven't been going to sign since he was 12 or someone from the reserves of one of our opponents? There seems to be a lack of imagination at the moment both in terms of links and signings. Re-sign Brian Godfrey and Brian Greenhalgh anyone?
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23/07/2008 10:59:00

I am so bored and disillusioned with transfers at the moment. I absolutely hate hate hate that there is a window. It terrorises us fans, managers alike. I think the only people who benefit from this are...... well i can't think of anyone.
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23/07/2008 11:18:00

Johnnyuk, it's the agents that bennifit, due to over-inflated transfer fees caused by the need to deal within a deadline. Just imagine how agent commisions have increased over the years, I'll wager that as a percentage it's far more than even most players wages.
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23/07/2008 11:59:00

SWP I'd take (cover for the Rout!), not so sure about Kaboul, think he has a dodgy temperament and is a bit of a mercenary. As for the mild mannered janitor, if he can play right back i'd have him too. And if that doesn't pan out then he can give Hercules a run for his money as club mascot. Actually thats got me thinking, if redscouse can't come up with the 18m do you think the Hercules costume would fit Barry?
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23/07/2008 12:11:00

BBC football says Blackburn chairman has said they will not sell Brad Friedel until they have a replacement! Has Blackburns tour of Germany finished, because he played on Monday night!
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23/07/2008 12:39:00

Spurs are trying to punt Robinson on them, but if I was them I'd steer well clear.
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23/07/2008 13:01:00

Sounds like we could be waiting a while for Friedel then. Mind you, we've got used to having to wait haven't we...
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23/07/2008 13:47:00

Does Zat knight have any siblings? I'd be happy to see them at villa over nothing.
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23/07/2008 13:51:00

Ye, they might let him out for the odd home game, I don't think he lives that far away from Villa Park.
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23/07/2008 13:54:00

Would prefer Bentley to SWP as he can put in a decent cross. To be honest I'm nearing the point where I want to chuck all my toys out the pram and say I just don't care. I'm fed up. It's just the usual transfer merry go round for us. We get linked to half decent players, we even start to hear their as good as at the table waiting to sign, then they end up going elsewhere and we have'nt even put in a show. Trouble is I do care and if we enter saturday let alone the new season as we are then I really won't understand where our future is heading. Okay MON wants players to improve the squad but at the moment we've barely got a squad at all.
Mister Mick
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23/07/2008 14:00:00

Saturday doesn't matter when your talking about signing players like Bentley. Players who we are looking to bring in to change the future of this club can't just be got like that. Even if we signed Bentley he wouldn't play on Saturday anyway, doesn't sound like he's had much of a pre season. After this game if we get into Europe we might see a couple of decent signings come in. I'm not expecting anything before then though
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23/07/2008 14:08:00

Europe may be an important factor when signing top top names but it would appear Sunderland are managing to attract good players and basically, they're sh**e. Do we struggle in the transfer market? And if yes then why? Or is MON and co just not as active as we think they should be?
Mister Mick
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23/07/2008 14:42:00

LOOK MARTIN! LOOK! LOOK WHAT YOU CAN DO IF YOU PAY A CLUB SOME MONEY! LOOK WHAT YOU CAN GET! West Ham have signed Switzerland international Valon Behrami from Lazio in a 5m deal. Behrami, 23, can play at right-back or on the right side of midfield and has signed a five-year contract.
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23/07/2008 15:47:00

Mister Mick - its back to a lack of imagination, me thinks
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23/07/2008 16:11:00

Be certain that every player we are linked with we will not get......agents know Villa have the money so use us to price up their players!!! SWP would be nice though!
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23/07/2008 16:49:00

What about Sidwell?
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23/07/2008 16:51:00

Freidel for 2million plus add ons according to Sky Sports News!
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23/07/2008 16:54:00

Sidwell is a little raw at the minute hence the reason no other clubs came in for him but hopefully should come good.
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23/07/2008 16:54:00

Sidwell is fine, he had a better season than Barry for Reading in the premiership. The UEFA Cup is a joke and I think we should look a bit more long term with the transfers. Martin No'Deal is treating it like a a pres-season warm up.
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23/07/2008 17:06:00

Would that be a Swiss international from a team that was so poor that their own nation discussed withdrawing from a tournament they were co-hosting? Thats like saying I'm a TV star because I was on local news once.
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23/07/2008 17:08:00

good news on freidel, will feel a lot better on saturday with his experience in goal. Things are getting there, a bit slowly admittedly but its still early days in the transfer window. Plenty if time for martin's seven signing in one day. Just relax everybody. That's 3 signings, 4 if you count Curtis Davies, and counting.....
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23/07/2008 17:20:00

Chimbonda for Sunderland. Wouldn't he have been a perfect option for us? We've had MON telling us for two years now that the youngsters were being heavily over-used because of our squad size, and that he was unable to give them a break. Here's a chance to land some more experience and we look the other way. With just over a month remaining in the window, its looking as if we'll be relying heavily on the youngsters again.
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24/07/2008 10:41:00

Brad Friedel, if he signs, will not be elegible to play in goal on Saturday against Odense tonybrum. He wont have been registered in time. Looks like we'll be going with Stuart Taylor again.
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24/07/2008 10:43:00


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