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Friday's Aston Villa Press Talk Hotting Up!

Plenty of rumours, including quotes from Harry Redknapp, that Villa will win the race ahead of Portsmouth for Spurs defender Younes Kaboul. The Sun say Villa are close to signing the 22-year old to make it three signings in 24 hours. They claim we've offered 4million.

The Times also claim that both Everton and Villa will battle it out to buy Manchester City midfielder Michael Johnson. The England U21 star has turned down a new five-year contract at City and that could spark a bidding war with Arsenal, Newcastle and Liverpool also apparently in the race.

According to Norwich site Canary Corner Villa are looking at a 25million double swoop on West Ham for the much linked central defender Anton Ferdinand plus former Canary, striker Dean Ashton. They claim we'll bid around 15m for Ashton and 10m for Ferdinand. With a sell on clause in his contract, Norwich would also benefit apparently.

One of the gossip sites has linked us to Atletico Madrid fullback Gourkas Seitaridis. Hmmm, not convinced!

Another claims Villa are interested in Swedish international Sebastian Larsson. Newcastle and Wigan are also linked to the 23-year-old Blues player who was bought from Arsenal. A price of around 5million is being talked about and apparently he's been linked with an exit ever since the Blues were relegated. Must admit I think there should be a rule that players should have to stay with the team that goes down for one season, afterall they are the players that contributed to the relegation aren't they?!

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Writer: J P Fear Mail feedback, articles or suggestions

Date:Friday August 8 2008

Time: 8:59AM

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I am unsure on Seb Larsson, I think a lot of fans rate him on this site but I think he is a Championship player really. Saying that I admit I havent seen too much of the lad to judge him properly.
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08/08/2008 09:11:00

Kaboul looks a cert. Johnson would be nice but can't see it. Why do we need Ferdinand? Would he replace Davis or Laursen? Can't see it. Ashton would be nice, can't see that either. Larsson I'd take.
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08/08/2008 09:14:00

Would like to see Larsson at VP.
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08/08/2008 09:18:00

Ashton - please. Ferd - don't need him if we fet Kaboul - one or the other please. Larssson - definitely Prem class, better than his mate at Arsenal; Bendtner. Fingers crossed guys, just a MF, ST, and poss a right or left winger....definitely a striker to compete with Gab and Carew tho, big Ashton would be perfect.
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08/08/2008 09:18:00

Whats all this talk on Villa Blog about a mystery transfer record signing??? Is it just a ploy to get a lot of publicity for the site or truth?? Anyone heard anything more?
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08/08/2008 09:21:00

Lmao i saw it as well, the only signing i would want to see from abroad right now would be Santana for the right wing and he would only cost 4m so hardly smashing our transfer record, and Huntelaar that would set us back around 10-18m and i still don't think we'd land him, i think it's just a ploy because why would they pick up the rumour if nothing on Newsnow has come up with any decent players from abroad over the last week or do ?
Villa 4 Ever
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08/08/2008 09:31:00

Ashton would be a great signing, I would love to see him pushing Gabby to earn a starting place next to Big John. Ferdinand would also be a great signing, Laursen is getting on now, and just imagine Ferdinand (improving under MONs tutelage) and Davies as our CBs in a couple of years, with both of them having improved a lot - fantastic! Kaboul - not interested thanks. Larsson and Johnson - both decent players (not too sure about Larsson), and both would nicely increase competition for our midfield places. Really want to see a good RW/RM though, please MON!
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08/08/2008 09:31:00

Yes, a bit miffed at Pompey as we were hoping as fans to get Shorey & Kaboul. Good luck to them & you, we can't want we want all the time.
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08/08/2008 09:35:00

I got an email from one of the site journos and he more or less hinted at who it is.... It could be bull but I don't think it's a scam. If he reveals his source then that source is unlikely to provide more info, and as he's been pretty accurate up to now i can see why he's hesistant to say more yet.
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08/08/2008 09:40:00

Agree V4E, I've been over there a few times and the chap who writes regulary states about inside info he gets via text. Good bit of PR work on his behalf it seems. Although, with regards to signings from abroad, I wouldn't mind seeing how Saviola or Aguero would get on in claret and blue.
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08/08/2008 09:43:00

Romanianvillain, Kaboul is twice the player of Ferdinand and 6m cheaper !!!
Villa 4 Ever
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08/08/2008 09:43:00

If we got Michael Johnson I would take back everything I've ever said about MONs transfer dealings, this is the kind of player we need to be buying, top top quality. I'd take Larrson as well and he would come to us in a seccond.
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08/08/2008 09:48:00

Johnson would be the ideal replacement for Barry, thing is we won't go for him unless we get rid of Barry and it seems Liverpool won't come up with the cash until last minute so that means no Johnson and you know MON likes to sell before he buys.
Villa 4 Ever
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08/08/2008 09:56:00

so will i PTP
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08/08/2008 09:58:00

Johnson is class. YES PLEASE.
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08/08/2008 09:59:00

Don't know that much about Johnson, how good is he? Would he be a suitable replacement for Barry if he goes, or a different sort of player?
The Fear
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08/08/2008 10:06:00

F**k it, I'd take the lot. Now THAT would be some squad bolstering.
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08/08/2008 10:06:00

How does the bloke on the Norwich site know we bid for Ashton and Ferdinand?I take it transfer activity is rampant down Carrow Rd.Lets be 'avin you!
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08/08/2008 10:11:00

Johnson could be far far better than Barry in years to come, for now Barry would do the job better but Johnson has huge ammounts of potential and yes, he could do Barrys job better than Barry, in a couple of seasons.
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08/08/2008 10:54:00

With our small squad Barry is more versatile.
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08/08/2008 12:19:00

Didn't ashton just sign a five year contract not long ago? Johnson great player , would be chuffed with him down vp.
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08/08/2008 12:58:00

Anton Ferdinand plus former Canary, striker Dean Ashton are not two top 4 players I would accept "Anton" if he changes his name to George or something more manly....
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08/08/2008 12:58:00

Good news about Johnson, I think our hances of gettin him aren't bad. Not sure on wham players, seem overpriced and overrated. Larsson sounds good, young, cheap and talented!
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08/08/2008 15:49:00

We won't get Johnson, thats pretty simple. He's too good, he could go top 4.
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08/08/2008 16:46:00

We are going places PTP and he is only 20, not many clubs could offer him First team football in Europe playing with 6 English Internationals and a futher 3 future English international players, he probably has played with the likes of Davies/ Delfonso at under 19's level, he is only on 12k a week and is valued at 12m, he is stalling on a contract because of the way Sven was treated, if we came in matched the price and offered him a good 35k odd and first team football in europe i don't think w=he would decline the offer, it would be great if we got him he is 6ft tall and is an all round midfielder like Gerrard.
Villa 4 Ever
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08/08/2008 18:49:00

Agree totally villa4ever. Fits MON's profile of a player and would bring more quality to the team.
holte ender 1969
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08/08/2008 23:22:00

Cant see that we'd be in for Kaboul. surely we'd have signed him up by now? Ashton no way, why would West Ham sell? Ferdinand maybe. There's a good central defender in there somewhere, maybe the time is right for him to leave Upton Park?
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10/08/2008 05:16:00

I'd take Seb Larsson. Another striker remains a priority though, but where MON will turn for such an animal, I have absolutely no idea.
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10/08/2008 05:18:00


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