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Tuesday's Villa Press Gossip & Transfer Talk

Tuesday's Villa Press Gossip & Transfer Talk

So what are the press talking about today Villa wise?

Well, The Guardian say that Villa are after Middlesbrough right-back Luke Young. They claim an approach has been made and Boro are 'reluctantly considering' whether to let the 29-year-old to leave despite only arriving from Charlton for £2.5million 12 months ago. The paper goes on to claim that Gareth Southgate would want considerably more fee wise for the former England international.

The Telegraph and The Sun claim that Gareth Barry might be able to make his Liverpool debut later this week as the transfer saga looks to be coming to an end. They say that Tom Jones Mini Me Rafa Benitez wants him in to be able to feature against Lazio on Friday. It all now hinges on whether co-owners and toast of the Kop Tom Hicks and George Gillett can stump up the £18million. The Telegraph still claim that Steve Finnan could be used as part of the deal although other reports yesterday claimed the defender wasn't keen on moving from Anfield.

The Independent, still on this boring Barry saga, say Gareth Barry appeared to be no closer to joining Liverpool last night, with the club still waiting for the green light on extra financial support needed from owners Tom Hicks and George Gillett to conclude the deal. However, the player remains hopeful of joining this week, in time for Friday's friendly against Lazio at Anfield. The key to raising the £18m needed to take the 27-year-old from Villa is Hicks and Gillett's willingness to provide the money as an advance, ahead of further sales which would see part of it repaid.

The Birmingham Post quote General Charles Krulak from the websites like ours he visits. Always find it cheeky when we have to quote our sources but they never bother paying our websites the same respect?!?! The latest quote and I'm not sure which site he said this on but has said similar in our 100% Villa forum (sticky thread at the top!) 'If Martin came to Randy and said 'I need £30 million for player 'X'...and this player would fit right into what we are trying to do and is the type of player that will take us where we want to go, then Randy would have his cheque out before Martin could get past the player's name! 'Additionally, he will be equally ready to fund the other players that Martin says we need. I have said it before, Randy has never said no.'

Other reports are linking Reading defender Nicky Shorey to Villa, Portsmouth and Sunderland. The reports claim the England international would cost around £3million.

The official site has seen a link to defender Matteo Ferrari (formerly of Internazionale, Palma, AS Roma and Everton on loan) who is a free agent. Not seen the report but will update this if I can find something!

And that appears to be all the rumours today, been a boring summer for 'real' links I must say!

Click here to join in the debate on the club forum.

Writer:J P Fear
Date:Tuesday August 5 2008
Time: 10:01AM


Boring! I want a new signing today please it will give us something new to talk about and lift the mood which is something that everybody wants at the minute.
05/08/2008 10:26:00
Tez86 - MONs in spain so unless its a player over there (which would be nice) it aint going to happen today!
05/08/2008 10:38:00
I dont think it will happen this week to be honest mate, I expect maybe 2 more on the last day of the window if we are lucky.
05/08/2008 10:43:00
00000000000000000000000000000000000000000000000000000 Krulak ended his posts: “I spoke with Randy at length about the strength of feeling and he understands too. Simply put, he has placed his faith in Martin. He has told him to get the players and not worry about money. “We all know we need more players. We all know it. We trust in Martin and believe he will do what needs to be done. He is the manager and we must trust him to know what the squad needs and go get them. Randy will pay the price, believe me.” 000000000000000000000000000000000000000000000000000000 So all Randy wants is the players in and told MON not to worry about the money... if this is so why the hell didn't we stump up for bentley and why the hell are we not seeing bids for the likes of SWP or Milner in place, Why isn't RB covered yet ? I see Young as a bit of a panic buy really, he is the kind of player you need in your squad but not on your starting eleven.
Villa 4 Ever
05/08/2008 10:52:00
Any RB would do me at the moment V 4 E. To be honest, any signing would do me at the moment. I'm fighting a losing battle with my temper to stay calm about our lack of activity at the moment...and as for us going to Spain when we're in the position we are regarding the squad, I think it's just f@*king ridiculous. O'Neill's going to have to turn into Houdini in the next fortnight to make this transfer window look useful.
05/08/2008 11:06:00
I understand (and also feel) your frustration, Villa4Ever, but it simply isn't as easy as outbidding everyone else and having your new player gift-wrapped and sent to your training ground. And it isn't just MON/Villa who are struggling to sign players. Read the comments made by David Moyes only today, and by other Prem managers this close season. In the case of Bentley, he made it very clear right from the outset that he wanted to go to Spurs and, as I understand it, both SWP and Milner are wanted by their clubs. If you take a good, hard look at this transfer window, there are very few transfers taking place, and of those there are even fewer involving players that I would want in a Villa shirt. The simple fact: it is currently a sellers' market, as we know from the Barry saga ...
05/08/2008 11:10:00
I can understand what you're saying Bob, but most other teams aren't as desperate for numbers as we are I don't think - we need to be in before these other teams. Everton especially have a decent squad size as demonstrated by their excellent Uefa Cup run and still being able to finsh 5th in the Prem. I just reckon O'Neill needs to realise he may have to spend a little bit over the odds for players to get our squad up to a size and standard we need to keep us stable, let alone to progress.
05/08/2008 11:32:00
MON was quoted saying he wanted to hit the ground running this season, how are we supposed to do that with no full backs and no Sidwell or Barry?
05/08/2008 11:41:00
Here's the link to Ferrari. Read it yesterday. He is not interested in coming to Prem but his agent says “There is a Premiership team that has been waiting for weeks for the player to make his choice." So sounds like us!
05/08/2008 12:03:00
Bob i understand but put it this way if the signings don't come in Man City, Portsmouth, Spurs, Everton, will probably finish about us and they aren't even in the top 4 are they so do the maths and we'll be making 2-3 atleast back steps. I think we'll find it hard to compete if we don't get them in, what happens if Carew/Laursen and davies get injuried like we all know they can, for god sake Bouma is already out a good 4-6 months, I think we'll find it hard to replace Mellberg, And i think Sidwell will take time to settle in, then you have Knight making even Ridgewell look good, it's a bloody good job we got a good keeper otherwise we'd be pretty much ****ed. We have 4 odd weeks left and i do expect signings but i don't think we'll be splashing out into Double figures on one single player.
Villa 4 Ever
05/08/2008 13:18:00
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