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The Villa Transfer Thread - Part 9

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

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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)

OUT -

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


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Date:Thursday August 7 2008

Time: 3:54PM

Your Comments

On your marks, get set... GO!!!!!!
The Fear
ashton and kaboul next. milner and de la red aswell please.
Stig
3 out of 4 aint bad? three of those are very very possible, things are looking good..
Eircol
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
Eircol - Do you know if Young or Shorey were targets for MON before the TW?
Mutley73
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 :)
scoops
Will people stop saying Ashton he total C**P.
johnmurphy3112
according to gobby redknapp we are front of the que for kaboul again.
Stig
johnmurphy3112 - I don;t like Ashton either, but I fear that O'Neill might like his style of play.
villacross
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 post...at any rate enjoy my random thoughts.
attila11101
I wish Redknapp would shut up
Pking
Villa at the moment aren't good enough to be able to actually get their first choice targets, very few teams are, but to me if these two full backs sign I for one will be whole lot happier.....Friedel..... Young..... Laursen.....Davies.....Shorey.....Thats a good enough back five for many teams.
johnmurphy3112
Pking - so do I. And for christs sake not dean ashton. He's a striker with potential but we've already got a couple of them. If we're going to get one lets get one with a proven track record in the epl. Santa Cruz anyone?
tonybrum
Mutley73, as we all know the shorey signing was as a result of the bouma injury, so that was not really planned. the young transfer was not one of oneills main targets, i think young will be a stop gap solution, not a bad one at that.
Eircol
Shorey is a def, 3 year deal. on OS.
johnmurphy3112
Yup Shorey confirmed on 3 year contract on SSN! Now time to bid for Ashton
Sali Salifooooou
wahooooooooooooo!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! We've actually signed sombody!!!!!!!!!! No where's my bunting??????
happyvillan
Welcome to Aston Villa Nicky Shorey. Glad to have you aboard. Luke Young Should be signing very shortly.
villa for ever
I think it's very shrewd to bring him to the same club as Sidwell. It can only help to bring the best out in players being surrounded by people who make them feel comfortable. He'll be a good signing for us.
johnnyuk
I appreciate the buy british approach we seem to have adopted, though I do think in the future when it comes to a time where we need to attract top foreign players, the lack of mix in the side may be a burden. Am I alone in being slightly concerned we're buying 2 full backs relegated in leaky defences in the last 2 years.
AMS78
I think Villa have made some really common sense signings.Shorey,Friedel and Sidwell all for around 10 mil is great business.Ashton would be a wonderful signing but Wham will never let him go.
Pking
im happy that we have shorey - a cut above the reading team + has international experience! same with young if it goes ahead. One of boros most consistent players last year and he knows how to strike a ball! just need a CB now and thats the defense covered!
Villa-in-my-Blood
Is everyone happy now? I forgot what full backs look like!
The Usual Suspect
A couple of good signings. Nice solid back five. :D
DoLpHiNaToR
Shorey and young are good signings, but why do boro want to sell?
chris the villan
you can ask that about any transfer that ever happens in all of football chris the villan - doesn't mean anything is wrong with the guy! Boro probably would like to raise funds and feel they can get someone adequate for cheaper and will use the profit to strengthen other areas of their team that is lacking (scoring goals).
los_angeles_villan
ive read elsewhere o the net that villa are still interested in de la red, and falcao. looking at him on youtube, he looks like a guy that if he settles in could be our 20 goal man
rhymez1
Right thats the boring bit sorted (defence) now for a winger and a striker pleeeeease. Then lets kick the scouse scum out the top four and never let them back in it!!!
tylervilla
never mind bringing in RB's and LB's, when is the north stand going to be replaced;)
eltoro
Luke Young signs OS
eltoro
2 in a day?
Pking
Pinch me.
The Usual Suspect
Correct me if i'm wrong, but has MON signed two players in a day whilst not even being in the same country? If so bravo...the rumours spread around today are suggesting a REALLY exciting signing to go with the two VERY necessary ones. If MON can do that for midfield to replace Baz, and then one more average player for either the right wing or up front then i'd be a HELL of a lot more comfortable about this season. Today was very important in calming us down, it shows that he can get his finger out, even if he's waited as long as humanly possible to do so.
AstonMartinOneill
Yes, I'm sure we're all much calmer and more excited now!
AVGD
All we need now is a striker and I would take bent or Ashton with Bent being the number one choice, but Ashton is younger and is going to be very good. Plus Milner and another midfielder of creative ability....We have no chance of Santa Cruz as his brother Julio has just singed for Blackburn...So please to have two fullbacks...really does retain our dignity now. Let's push on from her and get a few more in.....I'm actually salivating!!!!!
koolbill
Wahoooooooooooooo again........ Happy Christmas everybody!!!
happyvillan
According to OS Young was given captaincy, and player of the year as Charlton, and nicknamed Mr. Consistant by boro fans, should offer the defensive solidity of Mellberg to the attacking quality of...erm, our last attacking right back? Good News! Shorey too!
NorthcliffeBandit
Now to by a CB, A.Ferdinand/Kaboul, an attacking, playmaking CM in the Arteta, Elano mould and a quality 20 goal-a-season striker. Aguero anyone? He could be the General's £30m signing!!
NorthcliffeBandit
And a right winger
NorthcliffeBandit
Looks like 4th spot is achievable after all. Up the Villa!
PiperUK
I think we all feel abit better now, wonder who's next? I think'll be Kaboul although I don't rate him much. can't wait for tomorrow.
johnmurphy3112
I reckon Milner and Elano would sort the MF but would the clubs part with them...? Downing could be tempted now guys, let Young switch to the natural right sided player he is and allow him to ping a cross in rather than checking back EVERY time...or MGP....he would come to Villa in a heatbeat. Then Ashton or Bent! Ashton signed a new deal with the Hammers a few weeks ago sp Idoubt he is going anywhere but given how poor a manager Curbs is - anything is possible.
koolbill
On a side note guys. Terrible news about one of Englands greatest ever managers at all levels - Sir Bobby Robson. I will expect a stunningly great tribute article on here should he pass away. One of the all time best. We love you Bobby.
koolbill
Reports are saying this morning that Aston Villa are on the verge of signing Kaboul from Tottenham, as Portsmouth conceded defeat in signing him due to lack of funds available to Harry, and also he has rejected Sunderland. There might even be breaking news on Sky Sports News tomorrow that he will have his medical. This is not from a report but i also think Aston Villa are closing in on the signing of James Milner. I don't think Martin O'Neil has ever dropped his interest in signing him since his recall back in Martin's first season. I would not be surprised if there is news on him probably starting next week.
villa for ever
Great signings, both are solid, consistent and have premieship experience
JOHN.CAREWS.CREW
Riquelme to replace Barry.
leftfoot
very good signings young an shorey
123spurs
What is the story regarding Sir Bobby? Is he ill? Dont get the news over here in NZ concerning footy matters. I have always liked Bobby and still remember the hilarious spitting image puppet that was made for the show. Fantastic. A well respected man and legend!
holte ender 1969
IMO I say we hijack the Robinho deal that Chelski have alledgedly made. Why not reach for the sky MON! Ok, we now have a squad of sorts so now lets start to add star quality shall we. Who's next for the mighty Villa?
holte ender 1969
Nicky Shorey,Luke Young then Robinho ? Has a nice ring to it !! Well done Villa,2 good signings ready for next week,top hole.
ASPINALL
Linked with Seb Larsson today. Rated at 5mil. I'm all for it, I rate him higher than Milner. http://www.fansfc.com/frontpage/frontpagenews.asp?newsid=188706
los_angeles_villan
I fell much more optimistic now we have 2 fullbacks, we have a long way to go so bring on the next few! It has been reported Kaboul may be having a medical today, I would take him then we have options in Defence which is a novelty. I still think another R/L back possibly one who can play both would be nice. With Davies, Laursen, Knight, Kaboul, Shorey, Young, O'Halloran and possibly one more there will be competition for places. Do we think thats enough quality AND quantity?
Tez86
HE1969: He's been diagnosed with 5th bout of lung cancer and doctors stating he will not beat it this time. What 5hit world! And to think that little sicknote Dyer wouldn't play out of position for him!!!
koolbill
MASSIVE SIGH OF RELIEF. For the next few days I'm not going to care who we sign. We've got a first team.
evoflash
Tez, agree about the f/backs mate, still need a couple for cover but don't think it's gonna happen. Kaboul got to be a cert but MON needs a celevrity deathmatch with Motormouth Redknapp! What a fist he is for blabbing!!! Shut it slanty eyes!!!! LAVillan: Would be absolutely delighted with Larsson, just the type of cool headed, goal scoring quality midfielder that would thrive in our team! Let's get him and Bent!!!! Milner would be nice too.
koolbill
SSN say Kaboul's agent says he is still going to Portsmouth - very confident that the deal will be done sooner than later.
AVGD
Not really unhappy about that not sure I rated him, nor A Ferdinand, I've said it before would like to see Cahill back at VP.
johnmurphy3112
The price for Luke Young is £5.5 million - rising to £6 million depending on appearances.
marron
Sidwell was sitting next to Shorey at the Reading game. I wonder if he had a word in his ear about coming to Villa!
Mutley73
He seems to think he did...tapping up much?
AstonMartinOneill
It's De La Red! Damian revealed it. http://www.avfcblog.com/content/view/2513/70/
los_angeles_villan
marbella 0 Villa 2 HT
eltoro
Two assists for Routledge. Nice one :D
DoLpHiNaToR
Yeh that Damien is saying weve bid for de la Red. Its also reported on another site found via newsnow. Would be MINT if its true :)
Instrumental
This is old news: http://www.skysports.com/story/0,19528,12876_3894860,00.html from 1st August!
AVGD
Peter Odemwingie as reserve striker/winger? Saw a link to him and he's not a bad player: 23 goals in 75 appearances for Lille, from the wing. http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Peter_Odemwingie
NorthcliffeBandit
Kaboul and James Milner might be the next ones to arrive.
villa for ever
Koolbill, thanks for that. It will be a sad day to loose Sir Bobby if that is the case and the docs cant do nowt for him. Would love to see De La Red in De Claret n Blue. Kaboul I dont know much about but if Harry wants him then he must be worht it. M Johnson maybe the mystery signing from citeh! 10-12mil.
holte ender 1969
*worth
holte ender 1969
According to the daily mail (which always speaks the truth!!!?!?!?) we've had a £10 million bid for Santa Cruz turned down. I imagine that to be a bums on seat signing. I personally think we should bring Merson back for another season.
PBAVFC
Cruz - no chance with his brother just arriving at Blackburn....Ashton has recently signed a 5 year deal with the Hammers...Bent will be the only striker left at Tottenham...really don't know where we are going to get a striker but would love any of the guys above. Anyway, midfielder wise it would be nice to punt for MGP, M Petrov or Elano, and Milner and as I've said before we should really be taking a long term stance and buying Giles Barnes, once recovered from injury...perhaps a January window buy? What about a two year deal for Benni McCarthy? Worth a shout at 5m?
koolbill
Koolbill, i forgot all about giles Barnes, we should put a bid in for him, he is a very good player, when he is not injured that is, i am quite surprised he is still a derby, i thought that he might have gone in the clear out. 2 million should be a good price for his services. I have also just heard from a mate who has connections with Chelsea that we are to put bids in for SWP and also Scott Sinclair. The prices are: SWP - 8.5 Million and Scott Sinclair - 1.5 Million
villa for ever
Anyone know what numbers shorey and young have been given???? could really indicate what MON has planned if they get squad Numbers rather then the remaining starting Numbers dont u think?
aussie_villan
Would love to see James Milner arriving at B6, but somehow I just cant see Keegan allowing him to leave. Another striker please Mart, that has to be a priority. Oh, and Seb Larsson from our good friends and neighbours across the way. As for a striker, Spurs wont part with Bent, nor West Ham with Aston. We'll have to look elsewhere.
glensider
Wonder if we are really interested in Kaboul? 'Arry over at Pompey seems happy to tell everyman and his dog each and every day that we are clear favourites to sign the guy, yet if MON were really keen, wouldn't we have wrapped a deal up by now?
glensider
Yeah maybe harry hasn't got the money anyway. Big shout for Huntelaar again. He is quality and yeah would cost us a tidy sum but so what. We are on the up and finally signing players to push on. As we embark on Europe that should attract more quality. Any firm rumours out there.
holte ender 1969
the striker need is an interesting one HE1969. at one stage MON was apparently looking at swede Marcus Rosenberg of Werder Bremen. there is also the guy from Seville - is it Fabiano? he was on fire last season and was linked to us via a spanish site recently.
leftfoot
I honestly think that we've had a bid accepted for Kaboul, and we've told him that he'd be a squad player or pushing for first team, whereas 'Arry has told him he'd be first team, hence why the guy wants to go to Pompey. He doesn't seem like the type to want to graft for a first team place. Just shows the difference in ambition if we're prepared to pay more for a squad player than Pompey can for a first teamer.
AstonMartinOneill
Mort GP or Milner, Giles Barnes and Larsson please...all acheiveable and all would getfirst team games throughout the long season....I have no clue about the striker BUT I tell you this if we get a big striker that another club really didn't want to let go then I would be ecsatic...that would actually mean we have the pulling power that we've missed for so long.
koolbill
Who's still available who would excite us - if Villa are finally starting to kick into life in the transfer market, and we're not afraid to spend some real big money, then maybe, just maybe a big name is on the cards? Some real quality names haven't really moved yet as we might have expected.....Diego & Sebastian Schweinsteiger from Werder Bremen, Huntelaar, Villa, erm....yes I know i'm dreaming!!! Dream on, Proud History Bright Future, UTV!
YatesyVillain
Yatesy do u meant Bastian Schweinsteiger hes at bayern Munich..
aussie_villan
Diego is from Werder Bremen but last I heard Chelsea where sniffing around. I would take any of the 4 you mentioned Yatesy but I think only Huntelaar and Diego are possible...but even still its a long long shot!
Tez86
Kaboul is going to portsmouth because his agent is 'Arry's mate, I reckon they are just waiting for him to raise the cash. Bring on Santa Cruz!!!!
villa74
A few people have mentioned Seb Larsson I watched him today for the bluenoses, he didn't show me anything that was special or even anything that was average. All these names are interesting but MON isn't one for superstars. Roque Santa Cruz would be a great signing though.
johnmurphy3112
strong rumours on villa blog about a bid accepted for de la red ;) Apparently it will be in the papers
scoops
does anyone know if our uefa game on thursday will be on the telly, because i just saw an advert for man city's game on thursday on itv 4, but havn't heard anything about ours? UTV.
Danzel
danzel - the game is being shown live on 5 at 6.50. In regards to RSC - would be a great signing, and the striker we need who can score plenty of goals. £15million and Ince may accept - go for it M'ON
JOHN.CAREWS.CREW
leftfoot - I like what you say. I just feel in my bones that Martin O would love to now bring in a couple of top class players from overseas, new to the Prem. What an end to this "window" if that happened. Barry staying would really be the icing on the cake, don't you think?
villacross
scoops - is this a "wind-up"?
villacross
villa74 -everybody is Harry's mate. That why he gets into so many "scrapes". But I think you're correct. Harry wants Kaboul but he wants Kaboul to think he's coming to us to test out how he takes this. Our "Arry" is very clever.
villacross
no villacross i read it earlier m8
scoops
The Birmingham Mail Newspaper says that Martin O'Neil is eying up Manchester City midfielder Micheal Johnson AND Chelsea's SWP. The same paper also says we are on the verge of signing Kaboul from Tottenham for 6 Million.
villa for ever
villacross - i think yr right. the overseas players would round off the balance that MON seems to be creating. exposing the young english talent to different schools of footballing seems like a great idea to me. there is a few being linked - santa cruz, de la red, miguel, fabiano, etc.... Barry now looks like staying?! and ultimately that is a good thing.
leftfoot
leftfoot, i agree. As a true Villa fan I will forgive GB for his lack of faith and his blood red nose, although if he takes a closer look it is indeed claret and not red! We would find it hard to replace GB with another player who will be inform from the off. Too much disruption. Forgive and forget and be as one for the new campaign. UTV!
holte ender 1969
JOHN.CAREWS.CREW; The game is being shown on channel 5 I believe.
gappy65
just read this... looks like hes staying.. Liverpool FC have released a statement regarding the pursuit of Gareth Barry. The Reds' Chief Executive Rick Parry yesterday released the following statement:- "There has been a lot of comment today regarding our position with regards to Gareth Barry. "This is not about questioning the Manager's judgement or the ability of a particular player. The owners have clearly demonstrated throughout the year they are willing to back Rafa in the transfer market and will continue to do so. "It is obviously the selling club's prerogative to put whatever price they want on the player, but on this occasion Liverpool think the price quoted is too high."
aussie_villan
F * c k Parry, Keep Barry. Martin will play him in europe...more players MON and lets see Barry sink the reds 31/08/08. UTV!
villain76
sunday mercury has linked us with joe cole... the thing is almost word for word a comment i read the other day by a supporter either on here or avfcblog.... wonder if the guy writes in will he get any money for doing the journos job for him...
aussie_villan
JOHN.CAREWS.CREW you are right thank you, i was looking at the tv guide which came with the sun and it wasn't in it, but just looked at the five website and its on there schedule. thanks
Danzel
Nice to see fat ass Parry sticking his oar in again. MON has been nothing more than fair to Barry. Barry should put in a transfer request if he wants to go that much. MON has dealt with this situation brilliantly. Barry is an ********* and has dug himself into a huge hole thanks to his Mate Gerrard. Scousers have no funds to purchase and thats that! I would still play him in our side though and get us into UEFA cup proper first!
bellywipes
P.S. On my hols in about 2 hours to mallorca. Gonna kiss goodbye to the start of the season. I will not be reading any papers and hope when i get back we are in europe and top of prem.........wishful thinking!
bellywipes
hopefully a busy week to come i'm hoping for three maybe four... de la red, Cuellar, miguel and schweinsteiger please MON... maybe even a striker if your feeling generous
aussie_villan
Joe Cole would make people sit up and look at us differently, and Santa Cruz added to that would be outstanding, don't know who I fancy as CB though? any ideas.
johnmurphy3112
wen does the transfer window close ? fink kaboul is off 2 pompey as it quotes on setanta and joe jordan even said he going 2 fratton park monday 2 sign 4 year contract
stfc ballboy
Portsmouth have comfirmed on their OS site that Kboul is going to under go a medical on medical on monday. I cant seem to think of any CB's that would be on M'ONs radar who he would go for, that Romanian guy Goin looks good, and wouldnt cost much!
JOHN.CAREWS.CREW
Great news to come back to from holiday - we have a defence. Shorey is a quality player and Luke Young was named 'Mr.Consistent' by Boro fans so great news there. Lets crack on with some top top quality signings that really set the pulse racing. Joe Cole, Santa Cruz and De La Red all been linked - don't see why we can't prize Santa Cruz away from Blackburn he'll want European football. Heard his brother signed there at Blackburn - if that proves a problem get him over too ! De La Red situation surely helped by VDV signing for Real so who knows - I'm sure MON has something special up that rolled-up tracksuit top sleeve of his. UTV
Randy-Villain3293
Kaboul is going to Portsmouth. Harry said that they had no more money to spend, which i believed when they could not afford Kaboul and Shorey. And now they are about to sign Kaboul who could cost 6 Million. How did they suddenly have that money available, and that is without even selling a player. (Sully Muntari transfer money was not to be used for transfers.) Harry is a sneaky manager, i bet Portsmouth still have millions to spend.
villa for ever
Kaboul for 6 mil!Their welcome to him.
Pking
yeh he's c**p.
johnmurphy3112
Harry can always find a brown envelope somewhere I'm sure!!
Adam Deuce
Heard a rumor that Villa are to put a bid in for Boltons KEVIN NOLAN. I do not think it is true though.
villa for ever
Could be a decent shout that.
Pking
yeah Kaboul is no loss at 6mil. i would think that MON is looking at a more experienced CB, but who? no ideas from me, but i am sure he has a few. the Joe Cole thing is tantalising, but will he be into it? interesting how the quality of the links has gone thru the roof though! bring 'em on and in!!
leftfoot
Cueller from Rangers is now rumoured to be available given their early exit from the Champions League, so he's an excellent shout for CB....
YatesyVillain
Id rather Cuellar than Tabouli Kaboul anyday, more experienced
AussieVilla
i think we should ask the FA to sponsor us to buy the rest of the england side... worked for one nation ages ago.. cant remember which but they did win the world cup...
aussie_villan
J'sus! I must go away more often, how things change in a week! Two decent signings, the mood in the camp has changed significantly and the quality of players linked has gone through the roof. Come on MON/RL keep it up, please make a couple of BIG signings - RSC or JC would be perfect, both would be unbelievable! After all my doubting I have found the humble pie in my top cupboard, its “use by date” is 01.09.2008 so make me eat it! (Oh – I have to add – I was right about the The General – wasn’t I?).
26.05.82
I am so looking forward to Sunday!!!!!!!!!!
26.05.82
26.05.82, aren't you looking forward to thursday?
johnmurphy3112
What's the word on the vine of grapes Eircol? I'm still not chuffed we haven't signed a "big name"
tarzan
JM3112 - yes mate you are so right - but sadly I won't be there, Sunday on the other hand - I can't wait!
26.05.82
Hi all, first post on this great site. Has anyone heard anything more on the De La Red rumour looks to be a great prospect and would love to see a player of his calibre at the villa, along with milner, santa cruz and nedum onuoha i think wed be in good shape for an attack on 4th spot
only1paulmcgrath
IF just IF we were to have Barry, De La Red, Young, Sidwell, Petrov, Reo Coker, Milner and/or Cole, what would our regular four midfielders be? what a choice to have.
johnmurphy3112
news on the grapevine Tarzan is that the board of directors and MON know what is going on, not people on here claiming to be in the know! :o)
The Fear
Welcome on board only1paulmcgrath. There is a 20 page thread in the forum, not sure if there any conclusions within, I've given up anticipating who we'll sign!
The Fear
JM3112 - What a terrible problem to have! UTV! But that would cost another £20M? With RSC up front total cost would be near £35M. How much would we earn from being in the Champions League (group stage?) Would it be worth it financially? Because, if the potential income generated was anything close to £35M then I reckon we could do it (with those players) and the best part... at the expense of the scousers!
26.05.82
26.05.82, £35 mill for that sort of class players is acceptable, if barry were to go for £18 mill that would leave a deficit of £17 mill it would also be good business and make MON's choice of midfield a little easier.
johnmurphy3112
Imagine this starting lineup- Taylor L.Young-Knight-Davies-Shorey Gardner-ReoCoker-Sidwell-Barry Agbonlahor-Harewood All 11 English- when was the last time we saw that from anyone in the Prem?!! We officially RULE!!
MrZeus
JF just joining in the banter, I'm a rumour monger or vulture. Some people are in the know - sometimes. I remember yourself claiming the sighting of Nobby at the Tamworth Ibis prior to him signing, you were also right about big JC. I wish Barry would come out with a statement either way.
tarzan
Do people think we've got someone else lined up as Kaboul has gone to Pompey? I would have thought so, because we could have just offered 6m.
tarzan
Tarzan, not sure what to think. We've been linked with so many players, and it seems to me that we're none the wiser until MON has them on the way for a medical. Anyone seen Ferdinand recently?
26.05.82
I thought Ferdinand was a cert to be honest, but Wham played silly buggers with the NRC sale. Cueller is great - but I think alot hinges on these guys making transfer requests (Friedel is a good example)
tarzan
http://www.avfc.premiumtv.co.uk/page/NewsDetail/0,,10265~1363556,00.html. Still no number 8....De Le red please!!!
In MON we trust!
Squad Numbers Luke Young - 2 Nicky Shorey - 21
deano.avfc
Anton is useless. McGrath knows why have people been raving about him. I know 2 Westaaaaam Season ticket holders and they don't rate him atall. Everyone seems to be going on about him but not sure how much they have seen of him ?????
Villan444
with Young getting the Number 2 shirt guess we wont be getting Miguel.. although just checked Valencia site (half way though the post) and he is number 23 with no one in the number 2 so maybe 23 is his lucky number (i got 57 put on the back of my shirt when playing even though i was a starter...)... we still have that free so maybe...
aussie_villan
Do you think MON will sign more Full-back cover or play Gardner for cover at RB and hope Shorey stays fit untill Bouma recovers ? I think we need more cover - If Shorey was to get injured imagine playing Salifou at left back v Manure, Ronaldo would rip him to pieces. Anyone else in the squad who could fill in at LB. O'Halloran still injured?
Randy-Villain3293
I think we should try and get Hoyte (1 year) and Silvestre (6 months. Until Wilf is back) on loan. Both clubs are not that keen to sell but they may agree to a loan. These 2 would be perfect cover for our needs. Hoyte can be back up to Young and Silvestre can be cover for Shorey and can also play centre back. Add Cole/De Le Red and Dean Ashton/RSC to that and we'll be laughing!! Starting 11 of Fridel, Young, Laursen, Davies, Shorey, Young, Reo, Cole/De Le Red, Barry, Gabby and Ashton/RSC!
In MON we trust!
Swap Gabby for big John Carew in that line-up and it's happy days! Like the loan idea that'll work out beautifully for everyone. Silvestre doesn't have to leave Man U and still gets his testimonial, while we get valuable cover while Freddie's out.
Randy-Villain3293
It is good cover for Freddie but I also like the idea of Freddie playing CB for us (as he has done for Holland) That way we could give Laursen important rest as its going to be a long season....the league, 2 cup finals, and european cup final thats alot of games!!!!!
johnmurphy3112
Cueller fee agreed with Rangers and terms just need rubber stamping. He looked a top player for Rangers last year and player of the year in scotland. Top top signing.
tarzansbrother
Excellent news great CB cover or maybe a starter
Randy-Villain3293
We've agreed a fee that's triggered a release clause in his contract.
Randy-Villain3293
fantastic stuff!! Its just getting better and better this transfer window. Humble pie indeed for all those doubters. You know who you were! :)
tonybrum
poor old zat knight
Sali Salifooooou
yes sali salifooooou, he is poor.
tonybrum
10 million euros according to the Rangers OS. Who said the money wasn't there ? Humble pie indeed
Randy-Villain3293
from Tarzan earlier ---> "Do people think we've got someone else lined up as Kaboul has gone to Pompey? I would have thought so, because we could have just offered 6m." <---- hehe psychic :p
KaBar
KaBar it was obvious, and 'arry stated as much, that we were favourites to sign Kaboul and we must have had other and better irons in the fire
tarzan
Just need to sign a striker, a winger and for Barry to apologise + sign a new contract and I'll be a happy man :)
KaBar
What was going on with Kaboul?
Pking
It seems panic over, another good signing on the way barry too expensive for the hood cap thief's.
chris the villan
Great news and just reinforces that O'Neill only pulls out of the running for players if he knows he can get a better one. I for one asked why we didnt go for Kaboul and Chimbonda seriously - but O'Neill must have had Young and Cuellar as his first choices and did not make the move. Thinking a little further - he didnt make a major effort for Malbranque......who is he going for now then - De La Red??? A great last few days for Villa - the board must be congratulated - we scored loads last year and Friedel, Shorey, Cuellar and Young - as well as the defensive qualities of Sidwell will help us concede less. Excellent!!!
deano.avfc
Kaboul was second choice by the looks of it. The Kaunas result was a top one for us
tarzan
I think there will be 4 more signings before the end of August: My guesses are 1. CUELLER 2. Ashton 3. Milner and even 4. Joe Cole.
villa for ever
Feeling 100 times better today than i did a couple of weeks ago.MON is pulling signings out left, right and centre and is sending out a message to the rest of the premier league.I do think Zat could be on his way as bouma can cover centre half as well.This could be our season with teams like newcastle,man city,west ham and everton having cash flow problems.Roll on Sunday!!
Mr A Villa
S**t me MON has had a stroke or something...either that or he's just realised Randy wasn't joking when he said "here's my cheque book". This is good, because the players we're seeing aren't necessarily huge signings, but they are very solid quality and unspectacular work horses who are there for the team. It seems very shrewd to me. I actually think Routledge is destined for the right wing, because surely we can't hope to sign a quality striker AND a quality right winger. I think the striker need is greater than the wing at the moment, purely because of the system i think MON is going to set up with. I'm very intrigued now that he's woken from his transfer slumber.
AstonMartinOneill
Randy-Villain3293 - Barry will drop to LB until Freddie recovers if Shorey get's injured. The defence is now looking very sound, so hopefully any new signings will be in mid-field and/or attack.
villacross
would ike to see routledge get a run.
Mr A Villa
Mean like (its all these signings ive come over all faint!!)
Mr A Villa
First post to the list and definitely feel happier than I did this time last week. Just need a Barry replacement in the middle (I don't think he will put in the effort if he does stay) and a striker to give some real competition to JC and Gabby. Can't wait to catch the Stoke and Liverpool games on the box here in California.
Surfer Dude
THIS IS MORE LIKE IT. Is this Cuellar any good? __________________________________________________________________ I reckon Mr O'Neill and Mr Lerner have had a frank exchange of views, and Mr O'Neill has unleashed himself from his self-imposed tethers. We're starting look like a team now.
evoflash
Thats great news,but now what is the CB pairing? Laursen-Davies, Laursen-Cuellar, Cuellar-Davies. Great options, Please please Cole and RSC and then my life would be complete. well done MON/Mr Lerner.
johnmurphy3112
Is Cuellar any good?? Are you mad, him and Davis alone got rangers to the final of the uefa cup. He is an AMAZING signing. I remember watching him in the final stages thinking how awesome it would be if we had him bouma and laursen in our back four... oh my I might just die now before anything bad happens....
simonbigron
"THIS IS MORE LIKE IT. Is this Cuellar any good"are you mental am a celtic fan and even i can admit this guy is a gem of a player great buy by a great manager
steve bhoy
chuffed. at bloody last ay?! awesome news. much more like it MON. i had the misfortune to watch some of rangers' boring UEFA cup games, and cuellar was fantastic.
ric112
wonder is MON bringing in a spanish player so joaquin and de la red can speak in spanish with him and dont get lonely....
aussie_villan
Oh yeah, as i said before, humble pie has never tasted so good! But it could taste better, Santa Cruz, Joe Cole, De La Red. Hmm? Hope the deal for Cuellar goes through, top class
AussieVilla
Can't wait. Can't bloody wait. This is more like it. I will honestly ***** my pants if we get Joe Cole. He has been one of my favorite players for the past 5 years. The best player in that Chelsea squad in my opinion. Hard working, a thorn in everyones side, and scores! Modric or Joe Cole? Hmm. I'd take Joe Cole ANYDAY.
los_angeles_villan
Thought this was interesting. We are evidently 5th in the FA Premier League All time table. http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/All-time_FA_Premier_League_table
los_angeles_villan
I hope this deal gets wrapped up quickly!! I have heard Spurs were very very interested and I think Ramos could talk a move to Spurs up. But Cuellar had indeed said the words Aston Villa in his quote so it should be all done bar the formalities!!
deano.avfc
Spanish talking players to follow...De la Red, Roque Santa Cruz and Alonso swapped with Barry?
johnmurphy3112
Alonso swap with Barry would seem on the cards as Barry wants out. Interesting to see that we're rumoured with a few spanish players. Maybe MON wants them to settle quickly make maintain a happy camp.....Could see Villa having a strong English setup with a Spanish spine in the team....?
bentonm
you know what i find hilarious? that all the doubters and moaners seem quiet when some positive activity happens! what sort of fan is that!? anyway, Cuellar is a great aquisition, all going well, and some spanish flavour is what i have been hoping for. i'm with you JM3112, lets hope MON brings some of his mates here.
leftfoot
Rangers said it's as good as done. IF spurs moved in at the 11th hour I'd probably bomb WHL.
los_angeles_villan
Unbelievable. Papers say Liverpool are now interested in Joe Cole. Too funny. Assuming this has truth to it (probably doesn't), it's funny to know that because we won't lower our price for Barry - they go after our #1 apparent transfer target. Classic Benitez.
los_angeles_villan
Cuellar is a fantastic signing and will provide real competition, feel a bit sorry for Zat cos he seems to be a nice guy but the fact is he's simply not good enough for us, add milner, de la red and RSC and MON will finally prove that he is a genius in the transfer market! Oh and let the dirty scouse have cole (wonder if they'll find it so hard to come up with the cash if its true)
only1paulmcgrath
leftfoot - I am one of those doubters - I've already mentioned humble pie in an earlier post, I'm not quite ready to eat it though. Cuellar is total quality and I pray he signs. I would gladly eat aforementioned pie and my entire hat collection if De La Red and/or Cole and/or RSC sign. As for what sort of fan I am - ******* excited - that's what!!! Come on MON/Mr Lerner just 2 or 3 big sigings please.
26.05.82
I admit i was seriously papping my pants a week ago but Cueller is the best signing in the transfer window so far. Quality. All encouraging stuff, but it can't stop there we need more players 2-3 will do me and MON says hes still searching for more... O'Neill though is chasing more new arrivals and told www.avfc.co.uk: "If we're going to try and compete, even at Premier League level let alone Europe, we need a decent squad. So we need to keep adding quality if we can. "We've lost Freddie Bouma and we were quite thin on the ground before that. That sort of injury can happen at any given minute. Therefore we need to try and safeguard as much as we can. "What we've done is bring in a recognised right-back and a recognised left-back to help us. We didn't have the right-back last year but it wasn't for lack of trying. "We've not finished. We'll still have some players coming in to give us a chance and if we're lucky enough to qualify for the group stages of the UEFA Cup that would take us right up to Christmas and we'll most definitely need the squad. "Last season we were exceptionally lucky with injuries. Eight or nine players played over 30 games and we didn't have big runs in the FA or League Cup - therefore we were able to concentrate on the League. "All that could change this season and the fact is that we need the squad to be bigger to cope with that. That's what we're trying to do." UTV!
villain76
liverpool are now in for joe cole apparently i love it.. trying to steal players off us now.. we must really be worrying them....
aussie_villan
Not watched Cuellar, but you're all saying the right things. Villain76 - I was bricking it this time last week. It wasn't looking good. Funny isn't it, it's true that a week in football is long time. And as if things weren't already on the up, along comes this Joe Cole stuff. Would Young play on the right if we got Cole? Personally I think Cole is an awesome player. One of the players like Rooney, Gerrard, Cech you just don't ever think about in a Villa shirt because well, why would they? but now things are changing? __________________________________________________________________ I reckon Randy laid it all out for Mr O'Neill. Gave his neck a massage and said "Relax Martin. Spend what needs to be spent. Stop concerning yourself with frugality. Buy now, win trophies and the money will come back". GODFATHER style.
evoflash
Cuellar said this : "When I told Martin Bain [Rangers chief executive] on Sunday that I wanted to leave, I did so with sadness," he said. "The Rangers supporters have been fantastic to me, but I am young and I want to play at the highest level and I hope they will always welcome me back. I want to thank them for everything." __________________________________________________________________ Now why didn't Gareth Barry say something like that eh? No, instead he made a ***** of himself.
evoflash
I think Cole at villa would be awesome, but i just cant see it myself. I thought about this in the week and have come to the conclusion villa might be delibertaley throwing names to the press to keep them away from there real targets, bits of disinformation to get other clubs in a fluster ie look at liverpool flapping with their interest in cole. Hope he comes but i think mon has other targets in mind. Im beginning to sound like fox mulder.
villain76
The cole thing could well be a smoke screen, 2 weeks ago liverpoo were after Milner I think he is a more realistic target for us (although I would love to see Joe at VP) come on villa!
johnmurphy3112
I asked for Bradx2, got them, asked for Shorey, got him, asked for Cuellar, got him, asked for Sidwell, got him. Can I have a quality striker and any quality midfielder now please? Thanks MoN. That'll be all.
koolbill
Don't do that koolbill name names e.g cole RSC De La Red!
johnmurphy3112
See we're being linked to Alan Smith now.Not sure if I'd be happy with this move he always seemed like a spoilt brat constantly getting booked or sent off.Not really sure where you'd play him either.
happyvillan
i think joe cole will come to us or liverpoodle if robinho goes to chelsea. now if barry stays here, cole will go to the reds, but only if robinho arrives at chelsea. malouda will leave chelsea if quaresma arrives. what about him? personally de la red would be very fine, younger and as good as cole. got it? yep.
leftfoot
The more I think about Smith, the better it feels. To be fair to the lad he has been played out of position IMO and is a much better player up front. He fits into MON's agressive, never say die attitude and will be good cover for gabby and Carew. Not sure he's the 20 goal a season man we're missing though but won't be a risk at 4 mill. Maybe we'll go for a Ashton etc next year?
In MON we trust!
No not Ashton he's crap, Smith would be ok as a squad player but I agree he's not our 20 a season man, and just for good measure when has Ashton ever scored 20+? never. please stop talking about him he's is nowhere near good enough for us.
johnmurphy3112
If your excited now, wait for the next few? i did say we had nothing to worry about.
Eircol
Eircol - you didn't mention the Celleur transfer. was that a surprise toy you? Who's next? I predict Milner.
tarzan
Some one on 606 has mentioned us getting Alexandre Pato on loan from Milan???? has anyone else heard this rumour?? Would be fantastic apparently it was mentioned in Italian press.
MattUTV
Eircol, tell us the positions of the next signings!
In MON we trust!
Please don't buy Alan Smith, i'd rather have Yakubu!
koolbill
I reckon our next signing will be De La Red, followed by a striker.
In MON we trust!
cuellar has got the spanish thing going, i'm with you inMONwetrust and tipping De La Red! by the way i mentioned the Smith thing a month ago and got ragged for it, but we can do a whole lot better and will. also - who has Eircol actually predicted??
leftfoot
Smith is pants, we can do much better!
Mutley73
I've predicted more tha Eircol, just by saybing who i'd like....that weird sounding bloke he mentioned -some icelandic sounding dude - hasn;t appeared. I'm not havina dig tho Eircol...I like your comments and you probably wanted all the players i did too.________________________________________________________________ johnmurphy3112: i'd like Darren Bent and i've been saying that for the whole of last season and I'd also like Elano or M Petrov - especially with all the Man C trouble. I said their blood money would be bad for them and it will be - serves them right for being bought by that despot. Other than Bent I can't see another EPL striker who would come our way that I want really...wouldn't mind Pavluychenko tho.....Also, wouldn't mind Stewart Downing on the wing too. Will we get any of them? I don't know. I do know that I know EFF all about De La Red though! Ha. No to Smith - ever. Going off the boil on Milner at the moment but wouldn't say no.
koolbill
koolbill. Bents on a roll at spuds don't think he would leave now, but I like your shout about Downing we could move ashley to the right and If Barry were to leave now or in january it would give us good left sided balance.
johnmurphy3112
Certainly would JM3112. I do like this M Petrov guy tho. Very excting and a scorer.___________________________________________________ How about this:I was thinking that MON likes t buy players who have won awards for their club, i.e Maloney - young SPL and Celtic player of season, wasn't NRC West Hams fave too?, Guzan was MVP in USA league, Friedel must've been BB's fans player of year, Cuellar cetainly was SPL player and Writers fave players, L Young was MBoros player of sesaon....I think I've cracked it....check if De La Red was players of season for his club and we know we;ve got him! Plus Cole....? Blood hell. Elementary Watson.
koolbill
eicol hasnt got a scooby whats going on. enjoy the banter, but still i only believe the only two people that know are lerner and oneill.
Stig
just back from my holliers and delighted to see we have confirmed two signings (in young and shoey) and have ceullar signing shortly! joe cole is another exciting link.. but where would people see him playing? he has played mostly on the left for england.. would this mean young would play on the left?? or would he move into the center and operate as a creative midfielder!?? UTV
azton villain
sorry i meant "would this mean that young would play on the right!"..sorry
azton villain
Stig - of course he doesn't. "We're in for 3 more players!" Are we? F88king ******y that. What powers of clairvoyance you have. The only player he's named that has shown up is Sidwell and that was in the papers for 2 weeks prior to his signing.
The Usual Suspect
well young did play more of a 'free' role towards the end of last season and was very effective.... might see some sort of 'total football' system going on.
splatt
Joaquin is apparently having a medical with us Friday, according to sources on the vital club forum.
ThirtyOne
You know what I like most about this summer's transfers...they are all starter-quality signings. MON now has some real depth. There may be some tough decisions to make, but at least he has some choices now: Bouma or Shorey, Cuellar and/or Laursen and/or Davies, etc. The midfield is interesting right now. As I see it, we have A. Young on the left (and sometimes floating), Barry at LCM (my guess is in more of a holding role), Sidwell at RCM (more in attack as he likes to shoot the ball), and a big gaping hole at RW.
attila11101
Gaping hole at RW? Routledge has been in very good form matey. Salifou and Maloney can both switch over and so can Young. We have the nucleus of a very good midfield now, just add another quality midfield player with a Striker and we're cooking on gas! It's gonna be a Cuellar and Laursen defence too, once he gets used to out team, till then it'll be Knight and Laursen, with Davies covering and fighting Cuellar and Laursen for central defence. cuellar is probably going to be our fittest player at the moment too, regardless of a phantom calf strain. I can't wait to see Sidwell and NRC together, they both want to attack and can defend admirably, with Sidwell having a much better range of passing. Got to get another striker though - just to freshen things up as at present we're sooooo predicatable with Gab and Carew. I truly believe deals are going to be done right upto the last hour of the transfer window on this one pals. I even predict us snatching a QUALITY Liverpool player and lowering our asking price....my money would be one either Benayoun or Babel (I wish) and 12m for Barry at the last second. Babel would be absolute quality! A proper skillful dutch athelete with a shot and a half, fast as fc uk too.
koolbill
why is cuellar rapped up yet? I don't want any spuds coming in 11th hour.
los_angeles_villan
just been on the OS and read a interview with MON in which he said We've not finished. We'll still have some players coming in".. i think the wording of this quote is very important... he doesnt say were looking at bringing in or we have our eyes on someone.. but... we still have some players coming in... must mean bids accepted... wonder how many playres there are??
aussie_villan
If Liverpool don't cough up the money by close of play today, Barry will travel with the squad tomorrow and play on Thursday. He will therefore be here until Jan, at least. Not even Liverpool are that stupid than to pay £18 mill on a player who can't play in the Champs League until next year.
In MON we trust!
LFC bought Kuyt, they're not that bright.
koolbill
Not smith, not smith, not smith, not smith!!! Please McGrath, NOT SMITH!!!!!!!!!!!!
NorthcliffeBandit
Carlos Cuellar has signed - 4 year deal. UTV!
chrisd4villa
Cuellar is excellent, wasn't he SPL player of the year? Really glad about that and optimistic for the future, assuming that the smith rumour becomes nothing more than that. He genuinely makes me want to heave, in fact, oops...gotta go
NorthcliffeBandit
Excellent signing - we'll have a formidable looking defence now in front of Friedel ... should give confidence to the whole team.
chrisd4villa
im delighted - think cuellar is a quality signing. n now our defence looks well solid. agree with the poster above, i think routeledge should be given a chance. he has appeared to have a great pre-season. i wouldnt like to rule out bringing in a right sided midfielder(as i think we should have at least 2 players for every position) but i would like to see him against the icelanders.
azton villain
NorthcliffeBandit, Cuellar was writers player of the year, McGeady won overall accolades and awards. Great player and will certainly be in my vital fantasy team. Thanks MON for weakening the huns.
LARSSON*7*CFC
Yeah, I'm sure that MON will be back in the good books of many a Celt today. Can we have McGeady aswell Larsson?? ;-D
Villan444
Villan444, unfortunately for you we keep our best players but good luck this season anyway. MON seems to have bought some decent players, no superstars but grafters who will give all.
LARSSON*7*CFC
You kiddin Larsson?? Ashley Young?? Second most selected fantasy football midfielder in the country!! You don't pick grafters in fantasy land, Good Luck to you too, i think Rangers UEFA performances won you Celtic lads lots of fans, never bin so bored as when watching Rangers vs Fiorentina (despite the viola being probably the most entertaining italian team!)
NorthcliffeBandit
I have said all summer we should go for HUNTELAAR of Ajax. He is their captain and has an amazing scoring record. Would have to be our major signing and new club record though to temp him away from his club and his boss, Marco V Basten. I think 18-20mil should do it. I know its a lot but if you look at his record then I cant see the gamble. He has been touted as the new Van Basten. Now we remember him dont we! Fudging legend. I'm gonna go up to MON and spit my dummy out and stamp my feet until we get him. UTV.
holte ender 1969
holte ender...Huntelaar isn't going for less than 24mil and certainly isn't coming to Villa. I'd love for MON to prove me wrong, but i'm 110% certain of that.
los_angeles_villan
OK so whos next?? I expect another 2 by the end of the week!!! Haha!!
deano.avfc
Striker is next if we keep Barry.
los_angeles_villan
Does anyone know if Barry got on the plane?
johnmurphy3112
Barry could travel but only play if completely necessary, like Shorey getting injured early. Other than that he wont play because this soap opera ain't finished until 31st August. Barry has been calling the shots really not MON. If he plays its as good as Villa refusing to sell him and Barry will not be happy.
Gazvilla
If the Liverpoo deal was going to go through I would've thought Barry would've feigned an injury like most others players do.
johnmurphy3112
We'll anticipate his sick note then.
holte ender 1969
Joaquin or Milner that's my prediction next. Del le Red if Barry goes. Strikers are tricky, teams tend to not sell goalscorers they are rare as rocking horse dung.
tarzan
Apparently Barry DID get on the plane.
ThirtyOne
According to Radio 5 Barry has travelled to Iceland with the rest of the squad.If he plays he is cup tied from the CL until February.
sirdennis
Play him Play him!!!!!!!!
happyvillan
Just a thought but what if the plan is to play Barry then accept a lower bid for him...say 12 million. They get the player they want, he gets the move he wants and Villa don't loose face for droping the asking price...it could happen!
villa74
I heard Gaz Baz was drugged/knocked out prior to boarding like Mr T from the A Team.
tarzan
Looks like James Milner will be the next player in, with the Villa Blog saying a 6 Million deal is imminent, and also quite a few papers saying Villa are set to renew interest in signing him. Seems he is the player for the right of midfield. GET HIM IN MARTIN, he is quality. Just hope if we are in for him, he won't be called back this time.
villa for ever
The Toon have just bought another midfielder (but he is on loan), that could reduce his first team chances. I'm sure MON has other irons in the fire; J Cole, DLR and Joaquin to mention 3 players better than young James. We need to get the next couple of games out of the way first I reckon.
tarzan
and Johnson...
tarzan
I really don't think Barry would've gone if he wasn't going to play, he wouldn't want to go and MON wouldn't want to take him. So I think he'll play tomorrow and he'll be sold in Jan if liverpoo have got enough giros.
johnmurphy3112
The Newcastle fans posting on avfcblog on the milner thread is hilarious
Villa4Europe
Quiet day eh? I liked how quiet the Cuellar deal went through and how quick it was. I reckon the next one is going to be out of the blue as well.
los_angeles_villan
tarzan; yeah I heard that aswell, apparently they gave him a glass of milk, and he slept like a baby for hours. There are pictures of Laursen and Cuellar carrying him off the plane in Iceland.
Stig
sign james milner , Dlr , rsc , henry then chapions next season
Carlos cuellar 1
just heard villa in talks with joaquin that would be a good signing
Carlos cuellar 1
On Radio WM Martin in press conference in Iceland said that Barry approached him and said he wants to play tomorrow - his head is straight and wants to play.
nazvfc
Carlos cuellar 1, where did you hear that about joaquin.
johnmurphy3112
who do you think villa will sign next people i think joaquin will sign by end next thursday and milner and hoyte on last day
Carlos cuellar 1
Would be a great signing to get joaquin and signal are intentions, but think he is off to either roma or inter. Apparently one of the have bid for him today. http://www.goal.com/en/Articolo.aspx?ContenutoId=817449
Ian Taylor
60mins in and liverpool are getting mullered by standard liege haha. they will still win im sure but i can allow a bit of laughter.
ric112
Reina has just saved a penalty for Liverpool. Imagine if they had gone 1-0 down!! Barry, what were you thinking???
Ian Taylor
..."Champions league, your having a laugh, champions league, your having a laugh..."
Ian Taylor
Aston Villa have made a 9 Million bid for James Milner and might also put in a bid for Alan Smith according to the TIMES AND DAILY MAIL newspapers. The papers say that Keegan might be forced to sell because of the clubs debts. We might also be about to bid 8 Million for Micheal Johnson.
villa for ever
Decent signings if they happened. I wouldn't think Michael Johnson would be a starter though. I rather let Hockey Cockey have his spot. This is going to be his year, mark my word. And with BARRY and Sidwell and De La Red in the midfield already, Johnson wouldn't fit in!
los_angeles_villan
Sky Sports News say that Manchester City make a 12 Million bid SANTA CRUZ of Blackburn.
villa for ever
Liverpool were awful last night. HHAHAHAHA. Come on Mr Barry. Do what you know is right.
evoflash
PS - That's 9-7 to the Vital Villa boys. Mr O'Neill coming on strong with a late surge, but will it be enough?
evoflash
bid for milner is 7-9mil. newcastle have a bad debt of 27mil that needs to be paid. yr right iantaylor - joaquin looked at by us, roma and inter. swp and matt derbyshire on the radar. santa cruz will cost us 15mil. smith is a jammy mouth.
leftfoot
boro have had a bid for hoyte accepted.
johnmurphy3112
next season starting line up i hope > freidel , shorey, laursen, cuellar, l.young , a.young , milner, DLR, nrc , barry , carew
Carlos cuellar 1
Ypung was obviously our first choice over Hoyte. But it remains to be seen whther he'll want to move from London to that dump.
tarzan
Ferdinand or Cuellar? I think we dodged a bullet there.
tarzan
I like Young but wouldn't of minded Hoyte, we're still short of cover at right back would like to see MON put a bid in, don't think he will though.
johnmurphy3112
LOL tarzan, think we dodge seomthing more like a massive rocket!
splatt
Hoyte is too young, we needed some expereience in there, Gardner is back up.
tarzan
I think MON was doing the transfer equivilant of Neo from the Matrix when he managed to dodge not only Ferdinand but Kaboul as well. Bravo.
AstonMartinOneill
See on newsnow there is a link to Jose Carlos de Araujo Nunes of Mallorca a CB can't see that as a runner but has a buy out clause like Cuellar so who knows maybe he can cover RB or LB.
happyvillan
Friedel, Gardner, Shorey, Laursen, Davies, Reo-Coker, Petrov, Barry, Young, Agbonlahor, Harewood. Subs: Taylor, Osbourne, Delfouneso, Knight, Salifou, Routledge, Baker. Squad for tonight and OS saying BARRY STARTS!!!!!! Why is Young ilegible but not Shorey? No Carew?
koolbill
Barry starts, on the OS!!
Villan444
Koolbill we're allowed one player after UEFA deadline we've chosen Shorey.Carew has calf strain according to OS.Wonder why we're not playing Routledge down the right and move hokey-cokey beside Barry.
happyvillan
Carew has a calf strain. I'm happy with the HARE!
los_angeles_villan
happyvillan it looks like a 4-3-3 with Petrov Barry and NRC a tight three man midfield. OR Petrov defensive and Young offensive in a diamond behind Harewood and Gabby. I dont think it will be NRC wide right
deano.avfc
Perhaps Barry on left, Young on right, NRC and Petrov in the middle? Or Gab on right, Young on left, NRC, Petrov (holding) and Barry (covering for Young) in MF and Harewood as a lone striker? Would be a good tactic playing from home....work the Icelandics players socks off and see how they tire in MF and then if they do Gab to start plundering with Young joining in....good shape away from home to protect a lead too. McGrath I'm good!!!!
koolbill
Barrys scored can't write this stuff!
Randy-Villain3293
4-1!!!!! And as the commentator said, we play LFC on the last day of tfer window.....Reckon that means Barry staying till at least Jan!!!! Young and Gabs goals - WOW!!!!!!!
koolbill
4-1 not very convincing at the back tho. Have we signed a left back and did shorey play?!!! A bit dodgy at times, but time will tell. We need some 1 up front a real proven goal scorer. That aside good result, villa park leg should be easy enough now.
pksandell
Shorey will come good, i just hope the new look defence can form an understanding very quickly.
JOHN.CAREWS.CREW
Joe Ledley. A premiership club has made a bid for him. Could it be us. Very promising young player, left sided, midfielder. One for the future.
ThirtyOne
Great Game tonight lads, 4 - 1 should be enough to put us through. If we can do that to them in Iceland, just think what the score could be at Villa Park. Also does anybody know if the 9 Million bid we submitted for James Milner has been accepted or rejected. I really hope he comes, he has been my number 1 for the right of midfield. Nothing has been said on Sky Sports News.
villa for ever
villa for ever - the only thing i know about the Milner situation is the barcodes have serious debt and need to sell to buy. they'd have to take 9mil wouldn't they? its a serious bid! Great result tonight, some ironing out to do but thats expected. we is lookin good!!
leftfoot
heard we offered 7mil for Kevin Doyle but Reading want 8mil.
leftfoot
I hope not. We can surely do better than Kevin Doyle.
los_angeles_villan
So it looks like Milner is at Villa Park, possibly signing today?
KSarge1
Where have you obtained that information KSarge1 ?
notthedougellisstand
Gabby signs a new 4 year deal!!!!! How things have changed since Ellis was in charge
PBAVFC
KD would be quality...his finishing with our service could be great. We'd have 4 quality strikers of a similar level then competing hard for a starting berth. I think to get him and get Milner we'd be set for the season.
AstonMartinOneill
From looking at yesterday's game, we are soooooooooooo lopsided!! Saying that we were soooooooooooo lopsided all of last season! Why buy Routledge/Maloney, play them in all the pre season games and then when it comes to the crunch, leave them on the bench. For some reason he is scared of dropping Petrov. Reo is a centre midfielder and not a right midfielder. Barry and Reo should have played in the centre and Routledge/Maloney on the right. You can not put square pegs in round holes. Don't just pick your best players and try and fit them into the team (England have also been doing this for years!) play the players YOU bought in their natuural positions. I would put my mortgage on the same happening on Sunday. Reo will be on the right again. I love MON as a manager but his decision making before/during games bemuses me. Add to the lopsidedness (is that a word!?!) leaving subs on the bench too long before bringing them on. Players need more than 10 mins to get into games! I hope to god and pray we get Milner before Sunday and we finally have a balanced team! This is not a personal attack on MON, I addore the bloke and he has done wonders for the team. I just feel we could do even better, if we had a more balanced team. If he doesn't believe in the players HE bought, sell them and get them replaced.
In MON we trust!
KSarge1; tell us more about milner?????
Stig
In MON we trust...He played Reo-Coker on the right to help protect Gardner at right back. It was a bit of a bodged up line up but with new signings eligable and hopefully Sidwell back soon I think the line up will be slightly different!
Villa4Europe
I like the idea of Milner coming to us, but like other fans I can't understand why we don't use Maloney and Routeledge, route has had a great pre-season and looked decent last night, and I've always rated Maloney but he hasn't been given a chance.
johnmurphy3112
Villa4Europe, Petrov played on the right side most of last season so was he cover for Gardner/Mellberg as well?!?!
In MON we trust!
Yeah Routledge looked great when he came on last night
Villa4Europe
Maloney nowhere to be seen. Rumour was that he popped up to see Rangers before the Iceland trip.....Maybe Smith/Kitson in to replace him. Milner / Johnson in soon possibly..... 3 more English to add to the squad.....that'll do nicely!
bentonm
Bentonm, Kitson moved to Stoke in July
notthedougellisstand
Whoops....meant Doyle rather than Kitson
bentonm
I'd prefer Joaquin, Del la Red or Joe Cole. I want big names now!
tarzan
I'd take Smith over Doyle!
In MON we trust!
II never made any comments about last season, this game was clearly a reaction to Odense when we were weak down that side.
Villa4Europe
Can't see us going for Johnson. He played for Citeh last night so he'd be cup tied now. Whos this Nunez bloke. According to the commentator last night, we're after him.
PBAVFC
Are ya kidding me... I'd much prefer DOYLE - though 7mil is a but pricey
azton villain
If Liverpool qualify for the CL, he'll go to them for cut price in January/next summer - they'll give us a take it or leave it offer. If Gaz Baz handed in a transfer request he could go now. It is that simple.
tarzan
I would have prefered to see NRC at right back and Route playing right mid... Route has had a great Pre season and deserves more than 20mins!
azton villain
KSarge1 - Is James Milner really at Villa Park, or did you just make that up. I hope it is true though.
villa for ever
Keegan is quoted on Sky Sports website saying Milner is not leaving. He is the last player he wants to sell.
AMS78
Thought I'd be seeing a lot more action today....
los_angeles_villan
I think Johnson won't play Sunday and he'll sign for us next week. Mark my words.
johnmurphy3112
AMS78 - When Martin O'Neil and Randy Lerner flash the CASH in front of Keegan and Ashley they will soon reconsider. Newcastle have debts and need the money, and they also need to sell before they can buy. We have put a 9 Million bid in for Milner, so if he was not for sale Keegan would have mentioned to the press that the Villa bid has been rejected. I think James Milner WILL BE coming to Villa.
villa for ever
I am sure we can get better than Milner, we already have 2 x Rightsided squad players in Maloney and Routledge!!!! Why by another one!!!! We should go for a player who will walk stright in and say to the others, this is how you do it!!!!!
erv2005
But noty going to moan, more than happy with allthe signings so far. UTV.
erv2005
Good luck to the baggies and stoke, though if WBA do well the Chiles man on MOTD2 will be insufferable!(2 good 2 bad is awesome - why was that woman so scared of harry redknapp??? 1:10-1:18ish HILARIOUS, cant stop chuckling (http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=OdSw0t8_3Fg)) Please return your thoughts on this clip!!!! P.S. Smith is a complete ****-head!!! NO NO NO NO NO
NorthcliffeBandit
Interesting to hear you may have enquired about Downing when you asked about Young - shame you aint getting him. http://www.guardian.co.uk/football/2008/aug/16/premierleague.middlesbrough
marron
Marron I've read that and it doesn't even mention his name - it alludes via the editor in brackets. that is poor mate....it could have been Wheater...
koolbill
this has nothing to do with transfers... but do you think its time to make skin tight shirts staple in football to try to stop shirt tugging... could still have normal jerseys for supporters but i think it would help... also i think the rugby league rule of any backchat after a decision receives a 10m penalty should be introduced it would shut a lot of people up...
aussie_villan
watched spurs earlier and bentley was useless.. his crossing and corners were horrible to short or too long not even championship class... glad we didnt waste money on him....
aussie_villan
Can anyone explain to me how Emule Hesdonkey can get into the england squad and Ashley Young can't?!!!
johnmurphy3112
Cant belive Ash Young has missed out on a place in the England squad, after a great finish to last season and some quality performances in the ITC/UEFA Cup, i would have thought he would of got in the squad with ease. Also quite surprised Ashton and Bent havent been included.
JOHN.CAREWS.CREW
one of our apparent striker links (we still n- Markus Rosenberg of Werder Bremen got 2 nice goals yesterday. still think he is worth something this guy, quick and smart.
leftfoot
Sack Capello now
ASPINALL
Emule Heskey though!! what the ****.
johnmurphy3112
if u havn't already seen it, go newsnow villa, and read the article "while the lunatics are running the asylum" just like to thank the Telegraph for recognising a great setup at the villa, well done Mr Lerner and the rest of the team
eltoro
good article, I think we sometimes forget how lucky we are that we got Lerner instead of lot Man City, Liverpool and Newcastle ended up with.
KaBar
The Sunday Mercury say Villa will not take NO for an answer for James Milner, as Martin O'Neil is a strong admirer of the player. It says James Milner is very keen on a return to Villa Park. I think we will be putting another bid in for him.
villa for ever
Joe cole scored for blues against pompey and his playin a fair gun game, so i doubt theyll let him go and he probably wouldnt want to leave anyways, and im not sure bout milner as well. Best go for SWP, even though he will probably never get it through his thick head that hell never get through to the first team at chelsea though but hes so determined to gain his place. Just like if Milner came, he would see his full potential reached but ah well, just hope we get our weight up with some good quality players and beat city
AussieVilla
Aston Villa Win 4-2. Get In.
villa for ever
Go gabs. Up the villa, join us wont you cole?
AussieVilla
watching that we definitely need a proper right mid.. reo is a good centre mid but thats the problem he plays way to narrow..
aussie_villan
defense is still a bit iffy too... maybe just need to gel??
aussie_villan
Commentators, after the game at Villa Park are saying that James Milner will be the new Right Midfielder, and will be in before the end of August. And a new striker will be brought in.
villa for ever
I cant understand why we need a right midfielder, Maloney, routeledge and ashley can play that position, but if Ashley was to get injured on the left who who would replace him? surely we need another left midfielder/winger.
johnmurphy3112
I would like to see a big banner with THANK YOU MR LERNER on it draped across the Holte
PiperUK
Any bloody winger would do, if they're left sided young can swap to the right, if right sided he can stay put. We need a new winger because maloney and routledge are good cover, but with another winger of youngs quality (and perhaps a new striker, and fully gelled defence) we could break into the top 4!!!!
NorthcliffeBandit
I agree NorthcliffeBandit but what happens on the left if Ashley gets injured?
johnmurphy3112
Maloney and Ashley play much better on the left as it suits them to cut inside. It is the right we have ony Routledge. Personally I don't see Milner as being good enough but MON won't go abroad.
Gazvilla
Only a rumour heard at the game today, might be nowt in it, probably isn't, but Kevin Doyle may well arrive before the window closes. Only chit-chat amongst supporters, but the guy who was full of the story, seems convinced of its authenticity.
glensider
Fingers crossed for Milner. He'd be the perfect fit wide right.
glensider
Offer KK 10mil for Milner and get Doyle in. Sorted IMO. As soon as Cuellar is fit then I think we should start him in ahead of Davies and depending on performance, rotate the two. Milner was very happy previously at VP and I hope he jumps at the chance of returning to play for MON. _______________________________________________________________ Huntelaar please MON! My dream summer target. Who cares if he only wants CL, so what, bid and see what happens. We are officially in CL spot already, so go on and get him. UTV.
holte ender 1969
i reckon Maloney is heading home. i would still like MON to follow up the interest he had at one stage in Werder Bremens' swedish striker Markus Rosenberg, he is quality.
leftfoot
i think we need 3 more a RM a DM and a striker... i know everyone thinks we need an AM De la Red been mentioned but if we have sidwell and barry personally they are better going forward.. thought barry was great in the attacking role against ManC.. so if we could get a good quality DM to play behind and protect or back 4 a bit maybe we would concede less goals...
aussie_villan
Reports that Benni McCarthy may be off to Sunderland. We need to put an offer in there me thinks!!
MattUTV
all gone quiet again, a shame to see milner play yesterday, i was hoping he would of been a villa player by now.
Stig
Linked with Fredi Ljungberg apparently, but doubt it cos he was earning 85000 a week at WHU so a no go...id be happy with Doyle but think we can do better. Im just waiting for Milner to sign, itd make alot of sense and as someone siad, he would realise his full potential here
AussieVilla
ljungberg and mccarthy.. no thanks.... old and not that great to be honest...
aussie_villan
aussie_villan I agree not good enough by far, RSC, SWP and Joe Cole, thats the quality we should be looking at.
johnmurphy3112
Give up! Joe Cole ent coming to the Villa! SWP is too thick to understand he isn't ever going to be a first team regular at Chelski and RSC will probably stay with Blackburn now they have signed his baby brother.
MattUTV
 

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