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Thursday's Villa Press Transfer Talk INCOMING!

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.

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

Writer:J P Fear
Date:Thursday August 7 2008
Time: 9:42AM


Deal agreed for young...on sky sports right now! Boom.
07/08/2008 09:47:00
and confirmed on boro's site
07/08/2008 09:53:00
My god....he's a right back....i didnt think i would ever see the day!
07/08/2008 10:07:00
a right back hoorah! (but yeah Fear, one we needed and could have had this time last year for half the price...)
07/08/2008 10:10:00
Its surely a misprint or did MON think that he was a left back
07/08/2008 10:13:00
As a bare minimum he'll do for now. I still like MON togo for Ferreira as a better option though.
07/08/2008 10:17:00
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????
07/08/2008 10:19:00
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.
07/08/2008 10:20:00
should have gotten him 2 seasons back. but still a welcome addition :D
07/08/2008 10:23:00
Bloody hell we are signing a quality english right back,Who gives a ***** anythng else,Cheer up some of you.Im thrilled.
07/08/2008 10:25:00
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