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Villa The Destination For Reading's Nicky Shorey?

Villa The Destination For Reading's Nicky Shorey?

Looks like Villa might be about to make another signing! Reading's Nicky Shorey has been linked several times and the Royals boss Steve Coppell has admitted he expects the player to be off before the weekends fixtures kick off.

The England international has been linked to Sunderland, Portsmouth and Villa with fresh reports claiming both Sunderland and Villa have had £4.5million bids accepted.

Coppell told their official site: 'Without being specific about any destination, I expect Nicky to be gone by the time we kick off this weekend. There has been interest, and I expect him to be plying his trade with someone else by the time we get to Nottingham. He's been consistent right from this time last year. He's said he wanted to go, try a fresh challenge. We'll see what happens but I imagine he'll be gone.'

The 27-year-old left-back now needs to decide where his destination will be and I'm sure that he'll come to the right decision and join up with his former team mate Steve Sidwell! ;o)

Shorey started off at Leyton Orient before moving to Reading in 2001.

Career history: Click Here

So what do you reckon, would he be a good signing for Villa?

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

Writer:J P Fear
Date:Wednesday August 6 2008
Time: 5:47PM


Shorey and Freddie would be great competition for each other and freddie could be used as a centre back too, for £4.5 million I think thats a really good buy.
06/08/2008 18:02:00
Good signing IMHO. Quality left back with Premiership experience, eager to perform at a higher level that what Reading (no disrespect intended at all) had to offer during their Premiership run (btw, good luck to them in the Championship!) and definetely a much needed replacement for the injured Bouma. I'd be happy with him...can he play RB though?
06/08/2008 18:02:00
Have sent the vital reading ed a few questions, hopefully he'll answer, I always like the fans opinions on these things!
The Fear
06/08/2008 18:03:00
would be quite amusing if we sign a leftback after only needing one for a couple of weeks when we've been waiting for a RB for what is getting on to be years. I just don't understand MON at times. But anyway fingers crossed he'll be ours as he's a quality player. Hopefully its all just waiting for MON to return from the spainish training camp? Now, about that RB Mr O'Neil...............?
06/08/2008 18:12:00
Come on - sign him up! Surely (weak pun intended) must prefer Villa rather than Sunderland...
06/08/2008 18:19:00
Shorey will be an excellent signing and with Bouma will offer good cover for LB and CB. If we bag Shorey priorities will be a RB, RW and replacement for Barry. For RB we need to get heavy (cash, he'll have a price, even loan him?) for J.Hoyte, RW SWP(he can not be happy at Chelski)/Downing. I have no idea how we'll replace barry!
06/08/2008 18:29:00
AVFC_WSM, if you're looking for a Barry replacement, then I'm willing to have a go! Can't be that hard can it? At least I'll be proud to wear the shirt.
06/08/2008 18:50:00
unsure about Shorey.. he's nothing special in my opinion, would like the £30 million to be spent on Diego though, i mean... we were linked with him earlier in the season
06/08/2008 19:23:00
I think one of Shorey's main attributes from the little I saw of him in Readings first season is his delivery from Free Kicks and Corners. Not realy sure about him defensively but going forward he was relatively effective
06/08/2008 19:51:00
Yes I would put Villa in the driving seat if you have had a bid accepted as Pompey have not bid, but have shown an intrest I think Harry still wants Kaboul sorted first, can't see him wanting to go to Sunderland though.
06/08/2008 20:36:00
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