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Villa To Offer A Compromise Deal To Gareth Barry?

Villa To Offer A Compromise Deal To Gareth Barry?

The Mirror have an article this morning, along with several other papers, saying that Martin O'Neill is willing to offer Gareth Barry a new four year deal which could double his wages AND give him the option to leave next summer if Villa don't break into the top four this season.

Sounds like a plan??!!

Barry has stated his desire to leave for Liverpool - which you'll know unless you've been on holiday on planet Jupiter for the last few months - but the clubs remain at loggerheads over the fee. Villa won't shift - quite rightly - from their valuation which has sent out a clear message to all clubs, we don't want to sell our top players and if we do it will be at the price we set, not them.

With Liverpool now buying Robbie Keane from Spurs it seems highly unlikely that the debt infested club will be able to afford a similar fee for Barry.

O'Neill told the Mirror, 'Everyone at Villa Park wants Gareth to stay. I would like him to stay and we could do an awful lot of things to try and ensure that. I will talk to Gareth first of all and we will do everything we can as he would be a terrible loss - very, very hard to replace.'

Adding, in what appears a compromise move, 'My own view is that Gareth should hang around another year - if we don't make the progress that he would want then he can move elsewhere.'

The Daily Star claim we'll offer '£70,000-a-week four-year deal with an informal escape clause thrown in.' He also has a dig at Liverpool who have dragged their heals on a fresh bid saying 'It’s very clear we value him more than Liverpool do – he’s a top European player.' Adding 'It’s not my job to pick up the phone to them. The player belongs to us and Liverpool know the situation. I’m not thinking about Liverpool. I would like him to stay. He saw the reaction from the fans. It was incredibly positive.'

'The clear message to Gareth is that everyone wants him to stay. We will do everything we can. Our position has not changed.'

John Carew said the other day, following the outstanding reception the Villa faithful gave Barry the other day (and Barry was clearly relieved as I could clearly see from where I sit just by the dug out) that the Villa fans had certainly done all they could to convince Barry to stay. Carew thinks it is 50/50 whether he'll stay or go.

Writer:J P Fear
Date:Monday July 28 2008
Time: 8:43AM


oneill is a legend. i still think barry needs to address the fans though.
28/07/2008 08:52:00
Hmm intresting if this is true. I genuinely beleove if he stays he wont be going next season anyway as the bigger clubs will have new targets, if they are still after him will it mean he will go for our valuation or will it mean they can offer less because his contract will let him go?
28/07/2008 08:55:00
Gareth needs to sign his new deal and stay at Villa for at least one more season. He doesn't owe the fans an apology, he's a professional footballer doing what's best for his career! He can thank us by lifting us up into fourth place and making Liverpool qualify for the UEFA Cup
28/07/2008 09:03:00
I think they'll set a transfer value as part of a new contract - £15m probably at a guess!
28/07/2008 09:03:00
personally i reckon that if we don't achieve what he wants in the next 12 months then the money won't really matter. the escape clause will be there and he'll go. sounds good to me, put our money where our mouth is and show our ambition
28/07/2008 09:03:00
it does sound like a good plan, MON must have decent transfers lined up if he's confident of us breaking into the top 4!
28/07/2008 09:10:00
He owes us fans nothing, he's been a great servant of the club for the last ten years. What do you want a grovelling apology? he's no journey man and i for one will welcome one more season with us from the great man. UTV
28/07/2008 09:13:00
IF this is true, then great, said from the start I think Barry would much rather be in the Champions League with us than any other club including Liverpool, all this "dream" move nonsense, surely his dream is to be playing in the Champions League with us, its just Liverpool are already there, but we could be next season, if we continue to bring in the right players. Sidwell and Friedel are Top4 players IMO, cant wait to see who we sign next, just fear we wont sign anymore!!
28/07/2008 09:17:00
Maybe we should try and unsettle Gerrard from Redscouse now. If him and Barry need to 'play with each' other so badly.... Start loads of rumours in the papers, make crappy bids of half his valuation and see how we go.
28/07/2008 09:26:00
What's happened to O'Halloran? I know he had a really nasty injury last year, but is there any sign of him returning? He plays at left back doesn't he? The reason why I'm asking is that, sure Barry can play at left back, but if he stays for another season, essentially filling in for Bouma, then he's not going to be happy there for too long, plus we'll not see the best of him because he's far from influential when he plays there.
28/07/2008 09:42:00
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