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Wednesday's Aston Villa Press Transfer Talk

Wednesday's Aston Villa Press Transfer Talk

Reports today suggest that both Newcastle and Aston Villa will watch Standard Liege player Marouane Felliani at Anfield tonight. The 20-year-old 6ft 4in Belgian apparently impressed in the first leg Champions League qualifier and with more than 30 scouts watching him. The report says the midfielder, who has 9 caps, is rated so highly as a box to box player that his club value him at around £10million.

Another report says that Martin O'Neill will go ahead with his plans to sign Newcastle winger James Milner 'irrespective of the outcome of Newcastle United's board meeting today, when a decision is expected to be made on the England Under-21 international's future.' Not quite sure how that one works? If the board and manager agree he isn't for sale, what do the press think MON will do, drive up to Newcastle and kid nap Milner? The report goes on to say Villa hope to get the player for around £9million.

The latest quotes from Kevin Keegan suggest that he will be at loggerheads with his board if they decided to accept a bid for James Milner. The Magpies managerial legend said: 'James has a three-year-contract - I do not even want to talk about losing him. He is absolutely top notch, around the club, around the training ground. He is getting better and better every game.'

Shaun Wright-Phillips meanwhile, according to the press today, has been told to choose between Everton and Manchester City. Portsmouth were also interested but have apparently baulked at the £10million valuation. Wonder if Villa will get involved with this bidding?

Nicky Shorey says he doesn't expect press speculation linking Reading striker Kevin Doyle to Villa to come to fruition. Steve Coppell has already said the player isn't for sale but Villa are still being linked with a £7.5million bid for the Republic of Ireland international. Shorey told the Birmingham Mail: 'I think Reading will keep the majority of the lads who are there now. The season has started and I think the gaffer has said he doesn't want to lose anyone now. The fees will probably go up anyway.' He also added that Reading didn't click last year including the striker but 'he will come back to his top form and when he is on top form he is a real handful and a very good player.'

Hmmm, 7 days to go. Tick tock, tick tock!

Writer:J P Fear
Date:Wednesday August 27 2008
Time: 12:23PM


Milner has handed in a transfer request to the brown ale bottlers....we'll still have to stump up £9mil
27/08/2008 12:44:00
I love it, on there are 2 stories at the top, the first saying 'Keegan will not let Milner go.' The next says 'Milner hands in transfer request'! Ha ha, lets get 'im! I am praying for balance to the side as at the moment Ashley's running the show. Ooooh i am getting excited! which normally preceeds dissapointment! lol
27/08/2008 12:45:00
Milner + somebody who is actually able to score goals regularly would just be champion. Then only 4 players left to buy.
27/08/2008 12:53:00
Well at least there looks a possibil;ity that we might have a chance of landing Milner, but with Liverpool reportedly also interested, hopefully Martin will be quick off his marks, in an attempt to get this signed and sealed. Would be a superb piece of business if MON can pull it off.
28/08/2008 01:36:00
Apart from Milner though, doesn't appear to be many Villa Park rumours flying about. Another striker is a must, a proven premiership quality striker, plus lets take a chance on young Jason Beckford over at Leeds. He looks one very promising prospect.
28/08/2008 01:38:00
Striker please MON
01/09/2008 21:04:00
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