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Thursday's Villa Press Transfer Talk INCOMING!

Well well well. Some strong links not just gossip it seems!

The topic of the day for Villa is.............. NO not Gareth Barry... Luke Young and Nicky Shorey. Hurrah!

Reports say we are chasing Middlesbrough right-back Luke Young and Reading left back Nicky Shorey. Why are we chasing them and more to the point, why are they running away?!

The Sun says Villa are set for a 9million double deal. The red top, along with other papers, claim Villa's 4million (some say 4.5m) bid for 27-year-old Shorey has been accepted and that we'll bid 5million for Boro's 29-year-old Luke Young. A right-back at Villa? Bit of a novel idea?! They also report that the ex-Charlton and Spurs defender missed training with Boro yesterday sparking speculation that he was on his way. Young was signed by Boro for 2.5m so a nifty profit will be made by Gareth Southgate. Would it be over critical to ask why we didn't go for him 12 months ago?!? Sharp intake of breath, heresy!

Young cost 2.5m from Addicks a year ago and was in the England squad for last year's Euro 2008 qualifier against Russia.

The Independent say Luke Young is expected to join Villa today and say Nicky Shorey is believed to be close to moving to Villa Park. Sunderland have also apparently had a bid accepted but the left-back is looking to Villa Park as his next destination.

The Times claim that Luke Young will only cost 3.5million and also say we are 'close' to clinching his signature.

The Daily Mail say we are set to beat off Sunderland and Portsmouth for Shorey at a price of 4.5million.

The Daily Mail also claim that Steven Gerrard's thigh injury will 'almost certainly scupper' any deal to sell Xabi Alonso to get the funds for Gareth Barry. Not sure this makes sense, if they don't have Barry they will be a man down, if they sell Alonso to buy Barry, they will still be one man down?!

The Independent also have another snippet on the Barry saga. They say the midfielder is still waiting for news from Liverpool. The situation appears to be that Rafa needs to sell before he can buy OR that he'll need the much loved by the Kop American owners to underwrite the purchase on the understanding sales will pay them back. Seems at the moment they've not been willing to do that and Rafa is still waiting.

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Writer: J P Fear Mail feedback, articles or suggestions

Date:Thursday August 7 2008

Time: 9:42AM

Your Comments

Deal agreed for young...on sky sports right now! Boom.
and confirmed on boro's site
My god....he's a right back....i didnt think i would ever see the day!
a right back hoorah! (but yeah Fear, one we needed and could have had this time last year for half the price...)
Its surely a misprint or did MON think that he was a left back
As a bare minimum he'll do for now. I still like MON togo for Ferreira as a better option though.
Is he 5th, 6th or even 7th choice for the role after Bosingwa, Miguel, Ferreira, chimbonda, Simpson, Finnan etc. Will obviously welcome him when he signs but is he good enough and why is Southgate letting him go????
If Young signs it means I'm going to have to pay more for my Villa shirt this season because I was going to get a YOUNG 7 shirt, now I'm going to have to pay for an A, and maybe a . Think we should leave this one...Joking of course, sign him up.
should have gotten him 2 seasons back. but still a welcome addition :D
Bloody hell we are signing a quality english right back,Who gives a ***** anythng else,Cheer up some of you.Im thrilled.
I think he will probably play Young next to Ashley Young to confuse the opposition and play reo-coker at right back.
I'm with you Lerner, chuffed with us getting a RB. If he gets the ball even 2/3s of the amount Mellberg did last season and can actually cross - because,lets face it, Olly couldn't cross for **** - theres another few goals straight away :) Scored a screamer for Boro last season too.
If we get shorey in on the other side our defence along with keeper situation getting sorted is looking very strong.
Best right back in the league in my opinion, got yourself a great deal there.
"As a bare minimum he'll do for now." Silent-Bob - glass always half empty type of guy. I hate that mentality, just be thankful we've got a decent right-back. It's been 2 years!
It's not glass half empty at all - I think we should be setting out targets higher than players like Young and at 29 he's no long term solution. By bare minium I meant as a starting point (better than no FB) to build upon. Ferreira to me would have been a better option or as well as Young. Of course I welcome the fact that he's coming and throughout my 30+ years of watching Villa I've always had a soft spot for our RBs ever since I watched Kenny Swain as a kid. Reading Evenng Post claims Shorey is set to join us for around 3m. If these two deals happen I'll be much happy than I was yesterday. Still feel we need to sign a decent striker and a class midfielder - both need to be real quality too and should cost a far bit.
I think this would be 2 great signings, it also opens up other options as freddie bouma can also play CB, both players are pretty handy at set plays and quality crossers of the ball, they also chip in with a few goals. Are situation will look a whole lot better if they sign.
OS says we have agreed fee for Shorey as well! Game on!
Perhaps setting our sites too high is the reason we have got such a depleted squad. We need to take stock and start from scratch. Milner would be a good signing when Barry goes IMO.
Wait for Young to sign then go and buy a better one so Young can be back up
The Alonzo thing is due to him playing and then being cup-tied, ergo his value will drop. This is assuming that they couldn't do the Barry deal befor the cup match.
Villan Of The North
Well that's dashed my chances of playing right back for Villa :(
Can he play right back? Hahah.......wait. You mean he actually can?! Happy day. Oh, also, not sure I want to be beating off anybody to get hold of Shorey. Just an opinion, mind.
I will be much happier when these two sign still along way to go but at least we WILL have a proper back 4 and goalie! Happy times lets hope this is the start of a mental week for us!
At least we have a faily solid defence now. The soft goals should dry up as long as Ashley keeps whipping them in from the left, and Shorey and L.Young live up to their repuation of being good crosses the goals should flow even easier than last season!
50 years a villan
I had not logged on today basically fearing the same old same old....just the odd link but lo and behold a distinct possibilityof 2 signings and both for positions that need filling. All hail MON and I thought he was uncontactable in Spain!!!!!
They smell like mid table players at a slightly inflated price to me folks.
Aston Smithy
I like how something good actually happens, and we still find a way to complain about it.... Hats of to MON for signings that we really, really needed....
I personally like an older more experienced defense - so him being 29 is no problem at all for me. Silent Bob - I don't really think Ferrera was ever an option. Let's be real - he'll want to fight for his place, he's got a good relationship with not only Chelseas, but Scolari. They have a portuguese influx and surely he'd want to stay. I think that rumor was pulled out of thin air because they like to link us with every portuguese right back and he was the only decent one they hadn't linked us with yet! I say good on MON, now go get another one of equal or better strength and let them fight it out for the number one. I personally don't watch a lot of Middlesbrough games and only know what I've seen against the Villa.
Some folk are just never happy
Thanks MON, as Aston Smithy and Silent Bob have proven, you cant please all of the people all of the time.......but you've put a smile on my face today. 2 American goalies last week, 2 English fullbacks this week. Emergency over.......time to chill.
At last we have a right back after two years of waiting.With shorey in the bag aswell MON has really started the ball rolling.All we need now is another 3 new signings including a 20 goal a season striker.
Mr A Villa
don,t like to start rumours but what the hell.could be another signing next couple of days ,have heard swp was also at vp today,and don,t think he was there to buy season ticket
super lionel martin
what does MON think he's doin? we didnt bid dramatically under the askin price and guess wot???? we got a signing!!!!! more to come hopefully, especially a flair player would be great
Yeeah boii dont stop now, and shorey in too keep them coming. After being so negative, humble pie tastes kinda good right now. How about another slice Mr O'Neill, sign some more :)
We may have left it a little late, but things certainly seem to be hotting up nicely. Maybe come the big kick-off we might just have a decent sized squad after all?
'Arry at Pompey still seems convinced that we, not Sunderland or his own lot, are going to land Kaboul. The fee seems to vary between 3 and 7m, depending on which tabloid you read.

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