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West Ham Striker Would Favour A Move To Villa

The Mirror have an 'exclusive' today saying that Martin O'Neill wants to bring West Ham striker Craig Bellamy to Villa Park.

Apparently Manchester City are also interested and as West Ham are having to look to sell players to balance the books due to the pressures on their Icelandic owner, it makes sense that their star players will be the target. Dean Ashton has already been linked to Villa, amongst others.

The Mirror report claims that Marlon Harewood would return to West Ham as part of the deal.

The 29-year-old former Liverpool striker apparently told the press recently he would listen to offers from other clubs due to the uncertainty surrounding Upton Park.

The Mirror report has no direct quotes or 'sources' but does say City, who had a 7m bid rejected in the summer, have made another move but Bellamy would prefer a move to Villa Park.

There is a thread in our forum as I asked what everyone thought of the idea of signing Bellamy on the 10 Dec. Mixed reactions but I think the fella proved what a great asset IF he stays fit he could be in the weekends 1-0 against the Hammers. He has speed, tenacity, hates losing, gives his all and yes, he might be a bit moody etc but he certainly knows where the goal is. Could be a great signing. What do you reckon?! Craig Bellamy >> Forum >> Click Here (The forum thread does contain 'colourful' language)

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Writer: J P Fear Mail feedback, articles or suggestions

Date:Monday December 22 2008

Time: 9:56AM

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Quality player with pace who o`neill has handled before,Would be an great signing,As would defoe,Either will score plenty in our team.
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22/12/2008 10:09:00

I agree this would be a good signing, although never really rated him until recently. My only concern is, would he upset a currently very happy dressing room? Big fish, small pond and all that??
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22/12/2008 10:31:00

Great player, love his attitude - heart on sleeve. BUT he's always injured...
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22/12/2008 10:39:00

Great player - Great speed - and I think at villa his injury problems would be kept at bay My only concern for a striker he doesnt score too many goals - but that could be down to the lack of service down at west ham and am sure he would find that at VP.
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22/12/2008 10:44:00

it is the injury part that is the problem, same with Owen, but if they did stay fit (and our fitness lot do seem good) then who knows what they could achieve with the supply they would get at Villa.
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22/12/2008 11:08:00

Why are his ad Owen's injury problems ok though? And Ashtons not ok? Ashtoon is younger than both and they'v all got injury problems so surely Dean Ashton is more likely to come through his problems and give us more in the long run? I would take any of the 3 players but Bellamy would be at the bottom of the list, if we can't get Owen I'd rather have Ashton than Bellamy. Thinking about putting on a bet for Owen to score 5 goals for Villa by the end of the season, reckon I'm on to a winner as I'm sure MON wouldn't pass up the opportunity of signing Owen and I'm sure we'll be his best option.
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22/12/2008 11:21:00

I have to admit I couldn't stand the "Ashton Villa" pun... let's go for Defoe.
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22/12/2008 11:42:00

I would 'favour' it if he didnt come.
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22/12/2008 11:51:00

If he could teach Ash and Gabby to run AT defenders and go PAST them instead of stopping and cutting inside, he'd be worth his weight in gold. Well worth a punt especially if it means Marlon going in the opposite direction!!
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22/12/2008 12:14:00

P.S. Not too many players can turn God MK2 inside out!
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22/12/2008 12:15:00

id say go for defoe. he would fit in very well with Villa.
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22/12/2008 16:05:00

Depends whether Defoe wants 90k a week or not.
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22/12/2008 17:07:00

Was their best player by a mile on Saturday, but he will surely disrupt the dressing room. His attitude is very selfish ala Defoe and Owen, but then again maybe this is what makes a good striker, having a bit of greed and over confidence. Thats maybe why the likes of Heskey never score. MON has worked with him before and surely knows best. I have complete faith in the master.
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22/12/2008 17:39:00

Would be happy to see him in a Villa shirt provided he doesn't get on everyone's t1ts. He's definitely the kind of striker we need. When he's injured, hopefully Carew won't be and vice versa. By that logic, we should also go for Owen. And Defoe. Why not eh ?
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23/12/2008 09:43:00

Defoe, Owen or Krout sorry Crouch as priorities then maybe look at Bellamy
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23/12/2008 12:03:00

Nah, he's a ***** and would ***** up the dressing room spirit, hes also v. injury prone, scores not that many goals and its not as if we lack pace up front. NO
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23/12/2008 17:58:00

Quality player, his style would certainly complement the current talent we have here at Brummagem B6. My only concern though would be his all too frequent off field antics, and his undoubted knack and ability to upset even the most cordial of dressing rooms. I'd be happy to take a chance on him though, but I think that Manchester City are probably favourites to land him, should West Ham United decide to offload him in January.
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07/01/2009 17:12:00

He would certainly be a considerably better option than would some of the names that I've been concerned and disappointed to see us linked with. The names Heskey, Crouch, and Bent immediately spring to mind. Defoe I dont think will be heading to Brummagem B6, I reckon that he's a near certainty to return to White Hart Lane, to team up with Harry Redknapp again.
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