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Thursday's Aston Villa Transfer Talk

Martin O'Neill has again stated that he is still looking to add to the squad.

He told the official site: 'We are looking for a run in this competition and that will obviously mean a lot more games this season. That's why we're trying to build a squad that would be able to cope with that. If you look at a side in many ways similar to ourselves last season - Everton - I don't think they would have been able to cope with the size of the squad that we had last year. Certainly if we'd been in Everton's position - with a run in Europe - it would have been an impossibility to have done that.'

And again repeats he wants Villa to be stronger not only in numbers but also quality.

Ok, that over, the press are obviously linking us with James Milner following the revelation from Newcastle United that the player has put in a transfer request. The Guardian amongst others have quotes from Mick McGuire who represents Milner saying the player has had very little option but to ask for a move, something he did on the 20th of August, because the Magpies have refused to enter into contract talks with the player. He added, 'I note the comments on the [official Newcastle] website, the contents of which disappoint me because James Milner was left with no option, in his opinion, but to formally ask for a transfer following the club's total refusal to offer him a new contract. The contract which was signed a year ago was agreed more than 11 months before that, when they refused to let his transfer to Aston Villa go through on deadline day [in August 2006]. A new deal was agreed in principle and it took until the following July to be established. In that time James has played two seasons in Newcastle's first team and he was asking for a [salary] figure that reflects that. James feels that his salary does not reflect his value in the market.'

The long and the short? Milner could well be at Villa Park before the game against Liverpool this sunday. Which team he would be lining up for is another matter although as we have the money and he enjoyed his loan spell at Villa, I'd not bet against it being us!

The other snippet I saw, on Setanta Sports, was a link to former Celtic legend Henrik Larsson. The 36-year-old is apparently available and is being linked to both Villa and Celtic after Helsingborg said they would be prepared to let him go. The player himself says that he has two options, he obviously doesn't say what they are but it is fairly easy to see the Celtic and Martin O'Neill links. At 36-years-old I'm not totally convinced although he did a decent job on loan at Manchester United last season!

Larsson said: 'Whether the club wants to sell me is up to them. Should that be the case, I will then make a decision. There are only two options for me, whether I accept or do not.'

We certainly need another striker, short term he might well plug the gap and the guy has always been quality, but...... I reckon this is just wild speculation and have to admit, whilst it might have worked under the previous regime, with the new boys in charge it is surely time we started getting players in their prime, not at the end of their careers. I'm sure we will




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Writer: J P Fear Mail feedback, articles or suggestions

Date:Thursday August 28 2008

Time: 3:16PM

Your Comments

Mr Fear - It was reported that 3 Premiership teams are in for Larsson but his club confirmed that Villa & Man U were nor one of these 3 teams.
Jinksy
Larsson played at Euro 2008 and would be good in Europe at a slower pace and to be able to pass on things to the likes of Gabby and Delfouneso, but the Prem is getting quicker by the day
Villan444
would like milner though the reported £9-£10m is more likely to be £6-£8m IMO. We're certainly missing Melberg at center back again. Still need another RB, LB and striker but not Larsonn.All in all things are looking better.
Mister Mick
In their prime good strikers come from 15 M onwards, and are very rare! I think it would be good to get him if we can. Like Villan444 said, particularly with the UEFA cup in mind. He is also another good player for the likes of Gabby and Ashley to gain experience from! I would be very happy to see him at Aston Villa!
villa_de
One thing is for certain and that is that MON unlike certain other managers plays his cards very close to his chest. Reading between the lines it would seem that he has eyes on at least three others. Yes, Milner is probably one, maybe Larrson is another, but probably not, so who are theY?. There is still time for a really good surprise. I keep hoping. Does anyone have any inside information?
Obediah
I can understand the argument. I just don't think we need to make stop gap signings. Also I would prefer to see the Ashleys and Gabby's on the european stage. They're good enough and it's the next stage in their development.
Mister Mick
I know Larsson is getting older but he's obviously my favorite player of all time and he's what got me into football so if i saw him in a Villa jersey it would complete my life.
los_angeles_villan
los_angeles_villan - It isn't goping to happen Villa are not after him.
Jinksy
going even bloody fat fingers
Jinksy
What the hell does &amp mean?
Villan Of The North
only 10 years too late with Larrson! where do they dream them up?
Villan57
& testing, think there is a fault with the 'and' sign character
The Fear
&amp, it means "and" but VOTH pc is having one!!! i'm so sad, can't believe i know that.
koolbill
I'd take Larsson in a heartbeat - SEB Larsson that is, the player currently performing over the way with our nearest and dearest. As for the Henrik variety, forget it. I'd prefer we try and lure back Peter Withe if we are getting that desperate that age isn't a concern.
glensider
Cant see £6-£8m being enough to land James Milner Mister Mick, anyway, if we are asked to pay £10, it would be money very well spent. He's a player we want and need, someone who would solve our problematical wide right position, so why quibble over price?
glensider
 

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