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Friday's Villa Transfer & Press Talk

Friday's Villa Transfer & Press Talk

Still not that many rumours doing the rounds, all very boring!

Setanta sports yesterday had an exclusive interview with Sunderland boss Roy Keane who said that Spurs defender Younes Kaboul would not be joining the Black Cats. So maybe Villa are still in for him? Although Harry Redknapp seems desperate to get the player and has spoken numerous times in the press, much to the annoyance of Keane judging by a few choice words by him last week! Sunderland have however got right-back Pascal Chimbonda. Surprised me we didn't go for him, then again, I'm not the boss - thank the lord Paul McGrath!

The papers are still full of will he, won't he over Gareth Barry. Not sure I can be bothered to go into much detail, it is all very confusing and to be fair, I would trust the statement of our club and directors over and above press talk. If our guys have said Barry is going nowhere, surely unless a club break the bank to get him, that statement will stand. All players have a price but for Barry it has to be very high to back down now surely? And then again, it wouldn't be backing down would it, it would be winning surely?!?! The Daily Mail claim that a £19million move will be finalised this weekend. I doubt it.

Liverpool's Steve Finnan is still being linked to Villa, in relation to the Barry saga. Yawn.

The Sun cover the surprising and delightful news that Aston Villa defender Curtis Davies has stunned doctors with his recovery from an Achilles heal injury and will be fit for the new season (having played yesterday in a behind closed doors friendly Davies Delight). Davies said 'I feel great. It was a good game to get 60 minutes in. I felt I could have played the full 90 but I'll take it slowly, one day at a time and see how I come through it.'

The Mirror say that Gareth Barry won't sign a new contract with Villa even if a get out clause is offered. Really not trusting these press reports at the moment, they seem to vary to much and at the end of the day Barry has two years left on his contract, if Villa don't want to sell him this summer, they don't have to!

Reading's Nicky Shorey is still also being touted as a possible left-back for us.

This one is a bit baffling, I can't understand why Villa would be thinking of a loan?! Anyway, the Daily Mail say that Martin O'Neill is looking to take Manchester United defender Mikael Silvestre on a year's loan to provide left-back cover for the injured Wilf. The Mail say O'Neill has sounded out Sir Alex Chewalot about the possibility of using Silvestre on a temporary basis. The former Inter Milan star has been working his way back to full fitness following a cruciate ligament injury suffered early last season. He returned to the first-team at Old Trafford but has found opportunities difficult to come by due to the form of Patrice Evra. Oh right, this explains it, a loan would suit Silvestre as he is in the final year of his contract and also due a testimonial.

And that, appears to be that. Got to be some arrivals next week haven't there (not sure how long we have to keep saying that!) but the season is coming up and we are now in Europe so the squad has to grow and quickly! Bet they all come along in one go... ever the optimist! One thing I do know is the backing is there.

Writer:J P Fear
Date:Friday August 1 2008
Time: 11:08AM


Something is going to happen today, I can feel it (aside from the Guzan verdict and UEFA cup draw). With Villa, news seems to come all at once eg Friedel announced just before Odense game...
01/08/2008 11:18:00
Well we still need players and the season kicks off in 15-16- or 17 days......
01/08/2008 11:19:00
it doesn't suprise me at all that we are trying to get someone in on loan to cover for bouma, and that we are going for silvestra isn't a suprise either. it would have been a suprise if MON went out and decided to sign a new left back that wasn't going to be cover for bouma just because bouma got injured. it shows that he has faith in bouma making a full recovery for next season and i think silvestra would be a great signing.
01/08/2008 11:41:00
Yeah we'll sign them all at once like we did for the kit launch.....THAT was a good dream ;o) Just joshing but i would be suprised if we got 3 more players in before we started really. I just honestly can't see it with the evidence so far and that isn't a criticism of Villa. The market seems dead this window, apart from Sunderland becoming Spurs 'B' team that is!!! Truly hope we sign someone soon. Lets have south americans up front, English in the middle and Scandinavian at the back.......Just like my FM team! lol Up the Villa!
01/08/2008 11:50:00
It will be interesting to see if Shorey turns out for Reading this weekend. Could be a good buy. makes more sense than Sivestre on loan. I would love Barry to stay but if he wants to go he should do the decent thing and put in a transfer request. Other than that and Guzan today, I don't expect much to happen until 10 seconds before this window shuts.
Mister Mick
01/08/2008 12:14:00
Absolutely gutted to be seeing van der vaart going to madrid for 8mil. For that kinda price he should have been well within our reach, but what can you do when madrid come a knockin? I hope there's some movement soon, the state of the squad and morale at the moment is not promising.
01/08/2008 13:09:00
I think the morale of the squad is fine and we're already getting used to playing without Barry in midfield. Saying that it be good to make 1 or 2 signings that are a bit more exciting than we've become used to.
Mister Mick
01/08/2008 13:24:00
I think johnny meant the morale of the fans, I for one am feeling a bit low in recent weeks...
01/08/2008 13:51:00
Wanna talk about it Tez?
01/08/2008 13:58:00
Actually i could use a hug.....
01/08/2008 14:08:00
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