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The Villa Transfer Thread - Part 9

The Villa Transfer Thread - Part 9

Thread nine on summer transfers, so over 2800 comments so far!

Not to mention 131 pages in the forum! Click Here

During the last thread we had the arrival of Brad Guzan, the previous we had Brad Friedel, what will this thread bring apart from headaches?!??!?!

The Villa Summer Transfer Thread - Part 1
The Villa Summer Transfer Thread - Part 2
The Villa Summer Transfer Thread - Part 3
The Villa Summer Transfer Thread - Part 4
The Villa Summer Transfer Thread - Part 5
The Villa Summer Transfer Thread - Part 6
The Villa Summer Transfer Thread - Part 7
The Villa Summer Transfer Thread - Part 8

Once again, over to you Mr O'Neill !

IN -

Curtis Davies (from West Brom - £undisclosed)
Steve Sidwell (from Chelsea, £5.5m)
Brad Friedel (from Blackburn Rovers - undisclosed, in region of £2 - £2.5m)
Brad Guzan (from Chivas USA)
Nicky Shorey (from Reading, undisclosed but around £4m?)
Luke Young (from Boro, undisclosed but around £4.5 - £5m?)
Carlos Cuellar (Rangers - £7.8million)


Luke Moore (West Brom - £3.5million)
Olof Mellberg (Juventus - free)
Patrick Berger (Sparta Prague - free)
Thomas Sorensen (released)

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Writer:J P Fear
Date:Thursday August 7 2008
Time: 3:54PM


On your marks, get set... GO!!!!!!
The Fear
07/08/2008 16:05:00
ashton and kaboul next. milner and de la red aswell please.
07/08/2008 16:07:00
3 out of 4 aint bad? three of those are very very possible, things are looking good..
07/08/2008 16:15:00
Stig, I thought Sky Sports News said that Kaboul had rejected both Sunderland and Aston Villa to sign for Portsmouth. Is that not the case now. I would certainly have Ashton, Milner and De La Red though. De La Red will be tough to get.
villa for ever
07/08/2008 16:26:00
Eircol - Do you know if Young or Shorey were targets for MON before the TW?
07/08/2008 16:34:00
Rednapp says Pompey cannot afford Kaboul or Shorey so maybe Kaboul coming to Villa Laursen,Davies,Knight and Kaboul would make us flexible and strong with the option to rotate :)
07/08/2008 16:48:00
Will people stop saying Ashton he total C**P.
07/08/2008 16:49:00
according to gobby redknapp we are front of the que for kaboul again.
07/08/2008 16:53:00
johnmurphy3112 - I don;t like Ashton either, but I fear that O'Neill might like his style of play.
07/08/2008 16:56:00
Not that I mind... a fullback's a fullback and a true right back is truer than what we had before...but Shorey and Young smack as leftovers. Again, I think they are good, decent players...glad to have them...but they obviously aren't MON's first choice. If they were, they would have been bought 2 months ago. I like the idea that MON is building a young, English team...slowly. I also think the Barry Saga threw a pretty big monkey-wrench in the so-called "5-year plan". I think "the plan" called for buying a young, English RW this last year, only for SWP and Bentley to choose London over Brum. Millner is still a possibility. He's good enough for Villa, but not necesarily talented enough to grow into a world-class player. I haven't a clue who the first choice RB was since we have been linked to every RB there is and a few fictitious RB's as well. I think MON wanted to buy Sidwell last summer to pair with Barry (Barry playing more of a holding role, Sid adding more offence behind Carew), but didn't get it done til now. I think MON is still looking for a creative midfielder...the guy to unlock those defences determined not to let Gabby and A. Young behind them. De la Red, though, seems a stretch. Honestly, we scored a lot of goals last year with very defensive minded fullbacks. We were also very porous on defense, especially after Davies got hurt. Friedel is probably the best business done this summer. Probably some of the best business done in all the PL. 2.5M for a keeper that earns points. Even if he only plays for a year, that's the same amount of money we paid to borrow Carson for a year. It may not be the long-term solution MON had in mind when he loaned Carson, but it should pay some dividends. And now that I have completely lost track of why I started this any rate enjoy my random thoughts.
07/08/2008 17:00:00
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