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Martin O'Neill - Transfers To Date

FIRST SEASON 2006/2007 :


Kevin Phillips WBA 700k
Matthieu Berson Levante 1m
Ulises De La Cruz Reading Free
Peter Whittingham Cardiff City 250k
Eric Djemba Djemba Quatar Free
Juan Pablo Angel New York Red Bulls Free
Milan Baros Lyon Swap
Mark Delaney Retired

Total sold 2m


Stiliyan Petrov Celtic 6.5m
Didier Agathe Celtic Free
Chris Sutton Celtic Free
Phil Bardsley Manchester United Loan
Gabor Kiraly Crystal Palace Loan
John Carew Lyon Swap
Ashley Young Watford 9.65m
Shaun Maloney Celtic 1.1m

Total bought 17m

Net Spend 2006/2007 15m

SECOND SEASON 2007/2008:


Gary Cahill Bolton Undisc (in region of 4m?)
Liam Ridgewell Birmingham 2m
Jlloyd Samuel Bolton Free
Lee Hendrie Sheffield United Free
Chris Sutton Retired
Steven Davis Fulham 4m
Aaron Hughes Fulham 1m
Gavin McCann Bolton 1m
Robert Olejnik Falkirk Free

Total sold 12m


Wayne Routledge Tottenham 1.5m
Moustapha Salifou FC Wil Undisc.
Curtis Davies West Brom Loan
Zat Knight Fulham 3.5m
Scott Carson Liverpool Loan
Harry Forrester Watford 250 000 initial fee rising on appearances
Eric Lichaj Unattached Free
Marlon Harewood West Ham Undisc (region of 3.5m?)
Nigel Reo-Coker West Ham 8.5m

Total bought 17m

Net spend 2007/2008 5m

THIRD SEASON 2008/2009


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

Total sold: 3.5m


Curtis Davies (WBA undisclosed but around 7.5million?)
Steve Sidwell (Chelsea 5.5million)
Brad Friedel (Blackburn, undisclosed but in the region of 2 - 2.5million)
Brad Guzan (Chivas US, undisclosed but around 2m)
Nicky Shorey (Reading, around 4m?)
Luke Young (Middlesbrough, around 5m?)

Total bought so far: 26 000 000

Net total so far: 22 500 000.

Total spend by MON so far roughly (as some are undisclosed fees) 42 500 000

*Loan fees not included. Figures rounded up or down. Only a rough guideline!*

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The Journalist

Writer: J P Fear Mail feedback, articles or suggestions

Date:Friday August 8 2008

Time: 8:35AM

Your Comments

Only a rough guide as some prices are undisclosed, think I've got the full list now though!
The Fear
I am trying to think back to previous seasons but it hurts ny head at this time in the morning lol. We have bought 5 in this window (so far and not including Davies as he came last season really), is this the most he has bought in one window since joining us?
I wasn't sure where to put this link, Mr Fear. Hope it's not out of place here... This morning's Times has this story about the ongoing Barry story and it does raise some interesting questions, particularly: if Liverpool had the money in place to sign Gareth and only missed the deadline by "fifteen minutes" what're they waiting for? Could GB end up being our 'best signing of the summer' after all? Is it just more media-make-believe? Does anyone give a monkey's anymore? Article here:
Athens Villa
I never understand people who slag off his transfer windows,I think they just got so frustrated with how long it took to get a right back.When it is laid out like that you can see he has stengthened the team quality wise every time.Nice work fear.
Now think about how much we have spent all together then think about how much TV revenue we have receieved over the last three seasons, this season alone we brought in 45m from TV Revenue. We are still short of a Centre half (Mertesacker/Kaboul) A centre midfielder (Johnson/Bullard) a right midfielder (Santana/Pederson/Milner/Lennon/SWP) and another Striker (Huntelaar - I wish) Then i would say we are ready for the season to begin.
Villa 4 Ever
Lerneravfc, tell me was there any need to sell Aaron Hughes ?? No there wasn't and i think with him on the right and Mellberg in the centre along side Laursen instead of Knight would of made quite a difference i think, that in my eyes was pretty bad, and have you noticed every time he has sold before he has brought, not very good tactically.
Villa 4 Ever
Villa4ever,sDo we should spend money just because we have it?It is a buisness the idea is to try an balance the books as much as possible,Unless you want villa to go bankrupt.I think to make the progress we have and still only spent that on transfers shows our club is being run the right way.And as for hughes maybe he wanted to go?You are obviously determind to focus on the small obscure negatives rather than the huge postives, so you crack on mate.
What's the point in having a billionaire if you spend bugger all ? Yes the club is running smoothly, but i still think we needed to spend money last season more, Young 2.5m last season, Defoe 7m, Lennon 6-7m, hardly breaking the bank but i think we would of got 5th, We are still without a class finisher something Defoe was.
Villa 4 Ever
I'm with you lerneravfc. I forget did we finish 6th last season & have we qualified for UEFA - that's real progress!
Tez, i think we signed 7 that one window when DOL bought baros, hughes, bouma and co. I forget who else we brought in now.
Guzan was 800k Shorey 3.5m Luke Young 4m Salifou was 700k Its good to see MON signing players though and weird how he signs them whilst he is abroad though, send him on vacation more often please!
Yes then we got rid of Mellberg he was one of the best Centre Halfs in Britain, But you have to remember Everton are strong, Man City are strong and Spurs are looking strong, then you have your blackburns etc that can surprise anyone, don't expect 6th place this season if we don't bring in a finisher and a replacement for Barry, at the moment i would say we would still stuggle for 6th.
Villa 4 Ever
Not a bad spending record...If you weigh up what we've spent against what we've earned altogether over the seasons - transfers, TV rights, tickets, merchandise revenue - our club is growing in a big way - Lerner must be smiling. He owns a fantastic club with fans that think he's the saviour, that teams got a fantastic manager, and it's more than likely he's already making a profit. Oh, and he loves us, obviously.
Cheer up V4E, we're looking good mate. Theres plenty of time left for more transfers, and I can't believe that we've finished with signings, but even if not, we're looking very decent. This is a day for us all to look happy and smiley, not all doom and gloom about what we haven't got. Save that for the 31st if we're still short.
V4E: you say "we got rid of Mellberg he was one of the best Centre Halfs in Britain". Everyone would agree with you that Olly was tops, but we didn't "get rid of him", he decided that he was coming to the end of his short career and wanted to move on. Short of making him wear an iron mask and locking him inside Villa Park, how on earth would we have kept him? I get as frustrated as everyone else with transfer windows, but you have to be realistic mate. :o)
So press reports are suggesting boro will go in for hoyte as a replacement... it would be worth us bringing him in for competition for rb too if he's available.
Now that'd REALLY p!ss Boro off :D
Hoyte wouldnt come to sit on the bench otherwise there is no point him leaving th Gooners.
Thaught Guzan was 600k?
Astonian Villan
If Hoyte was available I think MON would've got him before L Young, If Barry goes for 18/19 million MONs transfer dealings is virtually zero.
An average of 15m a season is nothing nowadays, even Fulham and Bolton have outspent us. If you consider we've been given about 120m in TV revenue over 3 years we should have a massive pot of gold (80m+) to dip into when the time is right
Im happy with our squad now for the start of the season. All we need are a few 10m+ gems to really put the icing on the cake.
villa spend 10m on one player lol thatll be the day
Astonian Villan
lol i forgot the $ sign in front!
Isn't guzan package up to 2m depending on appearances etc? Where your figures from shortshady, all reports I've read have shorey and young at around 9m jointly. NOt seen any confirmation on the official site.
The Fear
Mayo_12, you are right that we are looking decent but i can't help think to why MON leaves things so late, Young was a panic buy and even he said one moment he is training the next he is down our training ground having a medical, I just don't know what is going on, i just don't understand why he sells before he buys all the time, is our wage structure that fragile we can't hang onto a few players before we sell ? why not bring in Johnson now and wait for Barry to leave ? why wait for Barry to leave then have a couple of days to sign a class midfielder when they would struggle to find a replacement etc etc.........................................BobTheBuilder, I know Mellberg wanted to leave but did we even try and get him to stay ? did he reject to sign a new contract ? the answers no because there was never one on the table, also Mellberg still hasn't been replaced, i know people will say Davies is his replacement but he wasn't brought in as his replacement, he was Cahill's replacement and Knight was Ridgewell's replacement, we still need another CH and i would love Mertesacker, that's a thing that has been annoying me, even though i love to see Aston Villa with so many English players how come our scouts have done bugger all ? he said they are searching for players abroad two bloody seasons ago and still nothing apart from Salifou and that was only because he looked good in the world cup...............................................Son_of_cher, you are right we should have plenty of money to spend and if we haven't then our wage structure should be risen so we can attract better players on a higher wage, You can't keep the likes of Barry on 45k a week, at Liverpool he'll be on 70k odd a week.
Villa 4 Ever
It was time for Olof to move on. Great servant to the club yes, wish him well and all that, but it was time to look ahead. Good move for him, good move for the club. Dispute that Young was a panic buy. Maybe not MON's original first choice, but panic buy, absolutely no way. Anyway, he's just what we want/need, so I'm delighted to see him onboard.
This 'undisclosed fee' is becoming more and more commonplace in the game. What are the benefits of stating a purchase as an 'undisclosed fee'?

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