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Thursday's Aston Villa Press Transfer Talk

According to the press today West Ham are looking at a fire sale of their top players as the credit crunch hits their Icelandic owners - who are apparently looking to sell the club as soon as possible.

Why does this matter to Villa? Well, the press have gone further and said that striker Dean Ashton is on the list of players who will be sold in the January transfer window and Villa, along with Spurs, could be in the hat to buy him having shown interest before.

The spoke in the wheel for the 24-year-old player, who has undoubted ability, is his woeful injury record. This season again he has proved to be a problem injury wise having been out since September with an ankle injury (picked up in the first training session with new manager Gianfranco Zola) which required surgery. The striker is due to return in the New Year.

Other players apparently on the offload list shouldn't be of any interest to Villa I'm sure but according to the Daily Mail include include, Nigel Quashie, Lee Bowyer, Luis Boa Morte, Calum Davenport, Danny Gabbidon and Jonathan Spector.

In other transfer news, the press are still full of Emile Heskey to Villa links. There seems to be a disagreement between manager Steve Bruce and owner Dave Wheelan. The owner has suggested he would be prepared to offload the player in January rather than let him leave for nothing in the summer. Meanwhile Mr Potato head said: 'We could maybe get 3m-4m for him in January, but what would be the point of that when we’re chasing 30m at the end of the season?'

Martin O'Neill said about the transfer possibilities, 'We will be looking to do something in January in terms of bringing someone in and that is what happens when players run into the last six months of their contract.' And on Heskey and Wigan: 'They decide what is going to happen. I am sure that Emile Heskey will not be short of offers.' Manchester City, Liverpool and Newcastle have also been linked.




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Writer: J P Fear Mail feedback, articles or suggestions

Date:Thursday December 4 2008

Time: 12:16PM

Your Comments

Spud-face is trying to bump up the price of the sack of spuds and lest we forget former bloonose. Surely we can do better. Randy's millions are worth more now because of the fall in the pound against the dollar. Get the chequebook out MON.
Villan444
dean ashton, sod it, take a chance
krisvilla
Heskey's got bad move written all over it.
Alex Humpage
Heskey blows so hot and cold, that is what frightens me about him + his injury record + the fact he doesn't actually score very often (but to be fair can be good at setting goals up) + the style of play to suit him encourages the long ball.
The Fear
Ashton could be great, only 24 and could be the next Shearer, just a shame there is another massive BUT when talking about him. Same as Owen and Heskey, the injury record is awful.
The Fear
PODOLSKI!
rhymez1
If we're not careful, we'll have a team of players who can hold up and create chances easily but not put them away. We need a good finisher before heskey becomes our only new striking option. Heskey, Owen and Ashton if you ask me...
johnnyuk
Come on though, you can't talk about injury problems when you've been touting Owen so much, especially as Deano's a good 4 or 5 years younger than Owen. Ashton and Owen would do me nicely, but I'd be very happy to see Heskey go elsewhere. Yes he can hold the ball up but for how long, maybe 2 years left in him and he's on a decline untill he's over. We'll get nothing new from him, just an extra number in the ranks which can't be our priority anymore. I am extremely confident about Owen, I'm 100% sure we're his best option, go out and get him MON before Man City attempt to ruin his career by making him backup to some over rated, overpriced 'name' player.
PTP
Surely MON wouldn't only sign Heskey? Carew and Heskey battling it out, and Gabby and.....Podolski/Owen..Sorry, I don't rate Ashton. Rocket of a shot, but never plays. Owen - I'll accept and I don't know why.
los_angeles_villan
PTP - Heskey can hold the ball up for about two years? Sign him up, that's awsom :op
Villan Of The North
Heskey, Owen, Gabbi and Carew ..... the combinations are exciting ... id settle for Owen and Carew together or Gabbi and Heskey ... I think its a winner .... and lets be honest the pair of them together would be cheaper than SantaCruz, Ashton or the guy from Reading .. Doyle. Anybody fancy a cheeky bid for Defoe or Keane ? neither seem settled at Portmouth or liverpool
tvrwhitey
I think we should go in for Martins. Great pace, very strong and a good finisher. Imagine him and Gabbi up top with Ashley and Jimmy down the wings.
Tallaght Villan
thing is with martins his real age is 30plus! he was in the same youth team as babyaro from chelsea!!
rhymez1
Sackly, he's a lying little cheat and he aint even that good. He got 2 goals against us so you expect people to big him up but he's not world class and thats what we want.
PTP
I'd certainly prefer Dean Ashton to Emile Heskey, who wouldn't? Mart probably.
glensider
Dont write off moves for any of Nigel Quashie, Lee Bowyer, Luis Boa Morte, Calum Davenport, Danny Gabbidon and Jonathan Spector. Mart loves to surprise us every now and again.
glensider
 

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