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Villa Confirm Friedel Talks

Villa Confirm Friedel Talks

Aston Villa have confirmed that they have been given permission to speak to Blackburn Rovers and former USA International goalkeeper Brad Friedel.

Rumours have bounced around for weeks that Martin O`Neill was interested in signing the 37-year-old, and Brad`s relationship with the club may stretch into financial and contact-based-help for the keepers dream of starting Beckham-esque football (soccer) academies within the United States.

A statement on reads:

'Villa have been given permission to open talks with goalkeeper Brad Friedel.
Martin O'Neill this afternoon confirmed Barclays Premier League rivals Blackburn Rovers have given the green-light to talks with the US international.

The Villa boss told "We've been given permission to talk to the player and that's something that we want to do. But there are still lots of things to happen.

"We're in the process of strengthening the squad and this is all part of our efforts to add strength in depth."

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Date:Friday July 25 2008
Time: 1:48PM

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Crikey MON confirming a target in the transfer window, I wonder if he is feeling alright with him usually coming out to deny them!
25/07/2008 13:52:00
When he says 'But there are still lots of things to happen.' Is he referring to other targets or does he mean we're still quite a way off signing Friedel?
25/07/2008 13:56:00
And I believe there is a zimmer-supply shop on the Hagley Road. Sorted!
25/07/2008 14:01:00
I assume he means Brad to pass a medical at Villa, then agree terms.

The whispers I've seen from what could be considered semi-reliable sources, Blackburn have Paul Robinson in the building, and should he pass medical/terms, then Friedel is free to leave Ewood Park.
25/07/2008 14:01:00
Well from my reckoning MON has about 3 hours to get him signed so he can play 2moro, anyone think MON can move quickly enough lol...!
25/07/2008 14:11:00
He was one of the most consistent performers in the Prem last season and at 37 he still has agood few years left in him. Plus he will be an excellent role model for Guzan when he joins..USA..SUA...ASU....ahhh wotever..Gooooooo Brad!! (sorry, surrounded by Yanks, their razmataz is starting to rub off on me...i need a shower!!)
25/07/2008 14:11:00
"Oh right Kuffit, high five!" No I can't imagine MON moving quick enough. I reckon he uses a Stena Stairlift. Looks like we'll have Stu Taylor again :O Don't let us down Stuie!!!
25/07/2008 14:24:00
What do you mean "looks like we'll have Taylor again"? The common belief is that for anyone to play tomorrow they had to be signed by last Thursday.
25/07/2008 14:30:00
25/07/2008 14:34:00
I have read about a 5:15 pm deadline. Is this legit? because theres a lot of conflicting reports
25/07/2008 14:37:00
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