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Tick Tock - Last Villa Transfer Press Talk

Reports are still linking us with West Ham striker Dean Ashton. They claim that we've already had a bid turned down but that we'll return and will pay good money to secure the 24-year-olds signature.

Others are linking us still with Reading striker Kevin Doyle who scored a hat trick for the Royals this weekend. The 24-year-old was asked after the game and admitted he will be happy when the transfer window closes. 'I`ll be glad when the window shuts because the whole thing is mentally tiring. You hear so many different things for three months. Will I stay at Reading? I don`t know. It`s difficult to predict, but stranger things have happened.' Adding, 'I don`t know about this hat-trick adding more money to my transfer value, but I`ve certainly got my reputation back because the last five or six months haven`t been great for me. But whatever happens, I`ll be glad when it`s over.'

Deportivo are claiming Newcastle United are are about to sign their 22-year-old striker Xisco. One report claims the Spanish U-21 international was at one point a target for Villa.

Villa are also still being linked with Belgian Standard Liege midfielder Marouane Fellaini who is rated at around £10million. The 20-year-old is also said to be interesting Spurs.

I must admit I'd not be surprised if we ended up buying someone we've not been linked with, would be nice to 'ace' the press!!!

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The Journalist

Writer: J P Fear Mail feedback, articles or suggestions

Date:Monday September 1 2008

Time: 11:20AM

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can we just have a decent striker please? It would be a great shame to have a great defence & midfield and consistent scorer.
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01/09/2008 11:29:00

We all know MON tends to have something up his sleeve for deadline day, and he has as much as said we'll be buying someone. Ashton would be a coup and a half, but I'd be surprised if that went through.
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01/09/2008 11:32:00

not doyle !!!! please not doyle !!!!
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01/09/2008 11:37:00

Nothing wrong with doyle he would be a good option,However of course i would prefer ashton,As said above i am sure o`neill has something up his sleeve.
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01/09/2008 12:04:00

Would Doyle be so bad when you look at the way Gabby played yesterday? At least he'd provide an option and put some pressure on Gabs. Ashton would def be preferable though, and I think WHam might well sell for the right price - come on MON!!
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01/09/2008 12:08:00

Right now i'd have Dion Dublin back up front, grab those little opportunities and flick ons, a fox in the box is what we need!
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01/09/2008 12:28:00

Ashton would be gr8 signing. Are WH that desperate for cash? Would put them in real trouble if they let him go. Would normally be waiting for a couple of last minute bench warmers but MON seems to resemble a WAG on Oxford St he just can't stop splashing the cash.
Mister Mick
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01/09/2008 12:33:00

I don't think WH are in need of selling, but they did have a large squad, with a lot of injuries and a really high wage bill... so they probably needed to bring the bill down. I don't think that will matter if they have 15m waved under their noses for a player they paid less than half that for.
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01/09/2008 13:21:00

They have just bought Paulo Ferreria... cash strappped my arse!
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01/09/2008 13:27:00

Sorry jumped the gun a little he is in talks with WHAM according to sky sports, either way its hardly cutting the wage bill as he wont come cheap.
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01/09/2008 13:29:00

It wasn't really speculation Tez... They had one of the biggest wage bills last season and said they had to bring it down. That doesn't mean they don't have the cash to spend, but when you've got a bunch of players either injured or not playing, why keep paying them?
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01/09/2008 13:33:00

ive been scouring the net all day looking for anything, links even though i know most anything ill find is most probably bullish, but its the last day of the window so im keen to see something, but then again wouldnt be surprised if we didnt get anyone in cos MON said himself hes leaning more towards the belief that nothing will materialse in time. If you check Ashtons wikipedia page it says he signed for Newcastle United for 14.5mil on a 4yr deal...obviously a load of bull, guess magpies fans want him too lol but hopefully WHU sign up Paoulo Ferreira so Ashton comes to us
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01/09/2008 13:38:00

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01/09/2008 13:52:00

I'm going to go out on a limb and say that we'll sign someone by 11.53pm this evening.
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01/09/2008 13:53:00
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01/09/2008 14:22:00

“If things don’t materialise - and they are probably more likely not to - we will not be disappointed. MON's words on possilbetransfers :/
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01/09/2008 14:22:00

What - a whole seven minutes to spare, Mayo? That sounds much too comfortable to me ... :o)
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01/09/2008 14:24:00

11:52 and 10 seconds Mayo...!
The Fear
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01/09/2008 14:32:00

Ashton would be a great signing if he can stay injury free! Fingers crossed some breaking news will appear suggesting west ham are signing a striker then we could be getting involved!
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01/09/2008 14:49:00

MON...Birmingham Restaurant...Sylvan Ebanks-Blake...scampi. Could this be true?
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01/09/2008 15:30:00

RoyalVilla.....Sounds a bit fishy
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01/09/2008 15:45:00

Starting to think we wont have anyone, its really gonna go down to the wire.
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01/09/2008 15:53:00

i'm too knackered to stay up until midnight. please take this into consideration MON, and have it all wrapped up by 9.30 please!
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01/09/2008 16:41:00

I've always been optimistic all summer - but I think we are done for the window.
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01/09/2008 17:38:00

I am gonna stop up till midnight in anticipation of a major signing.........Heskey..........LOL
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01/09/2008 21:01:00

Sylvan Ebanks-Blake, Wow i have heard this a few times now!!! I wonder?
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01/09/2008 21:02:00

What sounds preferable? Heskey, Doyle or nobody at all?
Surfer Dude
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01/09/2008 21:12:00

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01/09/2008 22:31:00

And then it all calms down until January, when everything will come to life again, rumours will abound, and we'll all be biting our nails hoping we get someone in to fill this position/that position. Oh the fun of the transfer window.
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02/09/2008 05:39:00

Personally I think we needed another striker in, but overall MON has done us proud over the summer. Slow out of the trap at first, he suddenly came to life with a vengeance. A stronger looking squad than last season, lets hope the new faces quickly gel and we manage a successful campaign.
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02/09/2008 05:42:00


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