Writer: J P Fear
Date:Sunday August 17 2008
The Sunday Express claim that Villa will test the resolve of Chelsea this week with a £10million bid for Joe Cole. Got to say I don't believe these reports. We might - please please please - conceivably test their resolve, but I can't see for the life of me that we'd bid £10million for a player of that quality, that is Liverpool's style not ours! The reports about our £10million bid for former Blackburn Rovers winger David Bentley were totally wrong, we bid far far more competitively (but he wanted to go to London so fair play, ended up at Spurs).
In the News of the World Martin O'Neill has bemoaned the fact that the press have praised Manchester United's stance on Ronaldo but 'lambasted' Villa over ours with Gareth Barry. 'We got lambasted by some for our stance of Gareth Barry and sticking to what we thought was right. Manchester United were lauded for their approach to Ronaldo. Of course I admire their stand. I just believe we did a similar thing.' Must admit, I've not seen a great deal of criticism and thought that fellow managers, fans and the press had been quite supportive that Villa have shown that we won't be bullied into selling players?
The Sunday Mirror say Villa will give debuts to former Middlesbrough right-back Luke Young and ex Rangers defender Carlos Cuellar today v Manchester City.
The News of the World say that Ashley Young could get a double your money deal to extend his contract at Aston Villa following new contract extensions for John Carew and Gabby Agbonlahor last week
The Observer ask if Villa can break the top four and quote O'Neill: 'It's difficult, but if I didn't think I could do it I don't think there's any real point in hanging around. If we can keep our better players, get into the top four then the acquiring of better players in the forthcoming season should be easier.'
The Sunday Mercury have a report claiming Villa won't take no for an answer in the pursuit of Newcastle winger James Milner. Kevin Keegan has said that Milner is not for sale after a reported £9million bid from Villa but this report claims O'Neill is a 'strong admire' of the player and they claim Milner is keen to move back (after a season long loan) to Villa Park which contradicts a report in the Mirror last week quoting 'sources' that he wanted to remain with the Toon as long as he was given some assurances of his chances for first team football.
Shaun Maloney is still being linked with a move back to Celtic. Yawn.
Date:Sunday August 17 2008
Robinson Loaned To Preston (Tuesday September 16 2014)
Hutton - I Want To Take This Opportunity (Tuesday September 16 2014)
Bombshell - Hutton Signs Three Year Deal (Tuesday September 16 2014)
Senderos In Team Of The Week Nod (Monday September 15 2014)
Senderos & Gabby Respond To Liverpool Win (Monday September 15 2014)
Benteke Returns To Full Training (Sunday September 14 2014)
Three Thoroughly Deserved Points For Lambert (Sunday September 14 2014)
Stats: Liverpool v Aston Villa (Saturday September 13 2014)
Something For The Weekend (465) (Friday September 12 2014)
Lambert On Gabby & Cleverley (Friday September 12 2014)
|1.||Pride of Lions||438|
|5.||Villan Of The North||194|
|Aston Villa||2||-||1||Hull City|
|2. Aston Villa||4||3||1||0||+3||10|
|5. Man City||4||2||1||1||+3||7|
» Man Utd : 17/09/2014 13:05:00
|Yet More Ronaldo Intrigue!
» Man Utd : 17/09/2014 13:04:00
|Everton all set for European challenge
» Everton : 17/09/2014 12:00:00
|Everton set to make January move for Deulofeu
» Everton : 17/09/2014 10:45:00
|Liverpool: Ludogorets Razgrad Verdict
» Liverpool : 17/09/2014 09:43:00