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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.

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

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Writer: J P Fear Mail feedback, articles or suggestions

Date:Wednesday August 6 2008

Time: 5:47PM

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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.
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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?
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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
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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...............?
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06/08/2008 18:12:00

Come on - sign him up! Surely (weak pun intended) must prefer Villa rather than Sunderland...
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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!
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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.
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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
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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
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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.
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06/08/2008 20:36:00

Shorey will fall under the spell of Harry and sign for Pompey. MON needs to stop flapping about and pull his socks up!
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06/08/2008 20:41:00

Good solid player. Good addition to our squad. Will this be the start of more players arriving before the start of the season, then more 24 hours before the transfer window closes!!
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06/08/2008 21:09:00

This is one link that needs to become fact and quickly. Shorey is a good performer and will add to the threat from set pieces. Freddy can play very well at CB as he proved at PSV and would be sounder than Zat IMO, assuming Shorey does enough to keep his place. Sounds positive. Now for SWP (or Milner) and Hoyte. I wonder is Delfonuso the next Gabby?????? Just a thought.
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06/08/2008 21:37:00

After all this "hype" it will be a very big disappointment if he goes somewhere else. Fingers crossed .......
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06/08/2008 22:05:00

If everyone is in Spain then how can they properly discuss terms?
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06/08/2008 23:06:00

He is a very good left back, let's just hope he makes the right choice.
chris the villan
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06/08/2008 23:07:00

Pking, I'm hoping its just because MONs in Spain that it hasn't signed already. Hopefully signing him up will be the first thing MON does when he gets back, he can unpack his suitcases later!
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07/08/2008 00:21:00

O`neill wil not be out in spain all the time,He only needs to be there for the games,He will be flying back to do the deal like he did with sidwell.This would be a brilliant signing.
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07/08/2008 09:09:00

Sign him said above, if we've got Shorey we can put Bouma in at centre-back instead of Knight if there are any injuries to Davies or Laursen the man-god.
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07/08/2008 09:27:00

Pking , telephones , email and carrier pigeon would probably be a good starting point.
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07/08/2008 14:49:00

Shorey has signed according to the Reading official site
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07/08/2008 18:05:00

Good player, reasonable price, will definitely be a quality signing. Our defence is starting to have a considerably stronger look about it compared to last season. Yes, decent piece of business.
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08/08/2008 13:22:00

Definitely better going forward than is Freddie, can swing in some decent crosses, and take quality free kicks. Hopefully not the end of MON's spending. The new look team is taking shape, but we're not there yet.
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08/08/2008 13:24:00


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