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Tuesday's Aston Villa Transfer Talk

According to the Daily Mirror West Ham would want 12m for striker Craig Bellamy with Aston Villa already linked, along with Tottenham and Celtic.

Looks like Newcastle striker Michael Owen will stay with the Toon until the summer as he says he has no intention of leaving in January.

Reports are still linking us with Jermain Defoe once claiming we will bid 15million for the Portsmouth and England striker.

Reports are saying Villa have put a 30million price tag on Ashley Young's head to ward off interest from Real Madrid. WRONG on two scores. 1) 30million would be nowhere near enough to buy a player of such genuine promise 2) 30million is a standard enough price for big spending Real Madrid, we'd need to put a 100million price tag on his head to put them off and hey, lets go for a 3) ASHLEY YOUNG IS GOING NOWHERE!

Another rubbish report is in the People who say that Emile Heskey will stay at Wigan Athletic and see out his contract meaning he can leave for free in the summer. No problems so far BUT the paper says that Villa couldn't afford his wages and a fee to attract the 'striker' in the winter. Yeah right. Nice bit of lazy journalism there then.

Sky Sports are reporting that Villa are close to completing the signing of 17-year-old Feyenoord defender Arsenio Halfuid. His agent, Winnie Haatrecht, told De Telegraaf 'Aston Villa have watched him a couple of times and are doing everything to get him to England from 1st January. If the clubs can settle the transfer then he will sign for two-and-half-years.'




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Writer: J P Fear Mail feedback, articles or suggestions

Date:Tuesday December 23 2008

Time: 10:04AM

Your Comments

Its all papertalk, at the end of the day if Real Madrid make a move for Young, and make a decent bid (in MON's eyes) and Young wants to go, then he will go. End of. Likewise Heskey and Owen etc etc, if a bid is made and it is agreeable for both teams involved then and only then can a player decide whether he wants to leave. I dont want to see Young leave but I cant second guess what is going through his, Martin O'Neill or Juande Ramos's minds.
young_jonah
it would have to be a very very large fee YJ, Villa know only to well the signal it would send out selling your best.
The Fear
i cant see MON going for owen, defoe or heskey. Bellamy is more likely as he fits you current sytle
meee93
*not going for owen, defoe or heskey
meee93
Aahh, the sweet smell of speculation!! I don't think Real will come in for Young as the price English clubs put on players will put them off a player that is, as we all know, a little inconsistent (don't jump down my throat for that comment, he doesn't perform to his excellent standards week in week out). Would love to see Owen at Villa, he has added a bit of grit to his game to go with his undoubted talent as a top goalscorer. Defoe.....still not sure, just something about him i can't put my finger on...If he is as good as people think he will probably end up at Spurs again with Harry.. Anyway, off to wrap more pressies (Villa away shirt for my 8 year old daughter....i will wean her off this Chelsea fixation!!!!) UTV and Happy Xmas!!
Kuffit
thing is though Kuffit, he isn't the finished product, he is still a young player learning his trade, on his day he is pure brilliance and there is much much more to come from the lad. Think him and Gabby this year have been so exciting to watch when at their best.
The Fear
Looking at how Ramos alienated the Spurs players, the rough times Becks, Woodgate, Owen were all treated he'd be mad to go - even if it it Real. Could destroy his career... Plus this time we DON'T need themoney! And we can afford Hesky's wages - we just won't meet them! and rightly so...
ljkal
Agree 100%, but to be the finished product he needs to stay where he is!!!! Don't think Madrid would be the ideal place to do this and personally i don't see Madrid paying 30 Million + at this stage of his career.
Kuffit
Dont think Real Madrid will bid for Ashley Young, but I am not sure how anyone can be positive he wouldnt go IF they did make a decent bid (whatever that may be), none of us know how him or the club feel about the matter, we can all second guess though.
young_jonah
to be honest if i was AY i would stay atleast to he end of season cause av are sitting in 3rd place.
meee93
i read on some website yesterday the bid would be.... 30 mil and van der vaart. i know its B/S but my point being considering we dont need the money it would be intersting as to what player/players we could get in return as with a new managewr im sure there will be some who dont fit in at madrid. still dont wanna sell ashley though.
1982benny
AY is going no where. Why would he? He couldn't look happier. He's just signed a new contract. We don't want/need to sell. Simple. Maybe I'm being naieve (sp?) but I honestly believe he'll be with us for many more years to come.
Adam Deuce
Can we have Ronaldo to play the opposite flank to young please? Now that really would be an attacking threat to make opponents quake. Perhaps we can start the rumour here, see if it gains pace and then makes the deal happen :0P
Villan Of The North
i think MON will do what he always does. play down rumors then buy some player that wasnt even on the radar! cant wait for january a) see who villa buy and b)to see who city buy and take down to the championship with. imagine robinho,kaka and buffon getin a run out in doncaster. haha
rhymez1
I can see Villa not buying in January and hear the squeals of anger from Villa fans. Hope I am wrong but....
Kid Charlemagne
Hopefully there will be some links to quality centre backs too soon. Hope martin L gonna be ok. Worrying times
medzy
This January window is going to kill me.
Cubos
Mart knows full well what he's doing, whose available, what we need, and what he needs to do to bring them into Villa Park. Lets leave the transactions in his very capable hands, he wont let us down. He hasn't to date has he?
glensider
What the hell do we need another central defender for medzy? We already have CD, CC, ML, and ZK, and while some would undoubtedly disagree, I think that they provide a pretty decent foursome, all capable of doing a job for us when called upon.
glensider
Surely its another striker or two that we need, someone to provide alternatives and options compared to what we currently have available.
glensider
 

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