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Upson Rubbish & Other Villa Transfer Talk

Sky Sports are claiming that Aston Villa have had a 11million bid rejected by West Ham for Matthew Upson. I understand this is not the case, I don't think we are in the market for a central defender and I don't believe any bid has been made. Sky also claim The England international is wanted by Manchester City, Tottenham and Arsenal. They further claim Villa will increase the bid towards the 16million that the Hammers want. I stand to be corrected but have reason to believe this is simply not happening.

Oh come on, surely the papers can do better than this! In a report in the Mirror by James Nursery, the red top suggests Villa will sell Marlon Harewood to Stoke for around 2million in order to finance a move for Wigan striker Emile Heskey. Now if they said Marlon would leave to get first team football IF we get Emile then fine, good point well made but there is no way on Paul McGrath's earth that Villa need to raise money in order to bring players in. Randy and his team are a serious outfit who are prepared to back their manager to the hilt, especially as we are currently and proudly sitting in the top four.

The Mirror also claim that West Brom have had a loan request for former West Ham striker Marlon Harewood rejected. Whatever happens, I hope he gets a new team, he hasn't made the grade at Villa and rarely features now even as a super sub but his attitude has been decent enough when he has come on and he deserves first team football. I never thought we should have signed him in the first place - there was a right old storm when we did if you remember....! - but he did show enough heart to win most of the fans over. Good luck to the fella.

Sunderland boss Ricky Sbragia has said he won't allow Kenwyne Jones, linked to Villa in a 5million deal, to leave the Stadium of Light. He said; 'We have got a big squad - we have got something like 37 pros. We have a big squad, so it is very difficult to manage and keep them all happy. But the one thing we don't want to do is get rid of our better players.'

And that at the moment appears to be that. Martin O'Neill has said that he isn't after the players he is being linked with at the moment, the fact that Spurs appear to have had a 15million bid for Jermain Defoe suggests he knows what he is on about and the press possibly don't! Also proves (sort of) my point that despite some saying we failed in our bid to get Defoe last January from Spurs - with the suggestion from some that he chose Portsmouth over us - we never bid for him.

Hopefully a striker will be found shortly thought as big John Carew's injury seems to be taking a good while to clear up and he isn't due for an imminent return just yet.




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The Journalist

Writer: J P Fear Mail feedback, articles or suggestions

Date:Tuesday January 6 2009

Time: 11:06AM

Your Comments

I doubt very much that we will ever see Carew in a Villa shirt again.
young_jonah
i hope your wrong jonah i love the big fella
scoops
same here
aaron_villa87
I sincerely hope we aren't going after Upson...I can't see why we would need another CB. The only reason I could possibly see this being true is if MON knows more about Laursens injury than he's letting on and it's worse than first thought. Back up Full-backs and a CF are players I'd be most happy to see us sign at the moment.
Mayo_12
So far there don't seem to be any logical links of Villa to other players. Only Heskey. But maybe that is how MON likes it. He's a sly fox, that nobody can easiily see through!
villa_de
jonah i don't believe that for one second. why do you think that?
ric112
Young_Jonah while you may be right i do disagree with you. Everyone knows that we are i need of a striker becuase really we only have two, because Marlon is not good enough. Also we will only get 1 of the two (Heskey or Jones). w
Jonesy08
Young_Jonah while you may be right i do disagree with you. Everyone knows that we are i need of a striker becuase really we only have two, because Marlon is not good enough. Also we will only get 1 of the two (Heskey or Jones). With Marlon likley to leave we need another striker, so i think we will definetly see Carew again. Another reason is because Carew is by far our best striker and we are so much better and threatning with him in the team. UTV
Jonesy08
you aren't thinking of the night club stuff are you? carew has played since then - and played brilliantly. injury-wise, he might be out for a while, he might be back soon enough, nobody knows. but i am certain he will be back and i bloody well hope so too!
ric112
I happen to agree with YJ, don't know why because I haven't got a clue whats going on but I just think somethings happened. I wont be bothered as long as a suitable replacement is bought and we aren't left short again. I don't think these Heskey or Jones links are true either. I reckon we'll be surprised by our new additions, judging by who we've been linked to thats what I'm hoping for anyway.
PTP
Check out the official site...they've come out and denied Upson bid rejection. Weird that MON has started doing his business in public, unlike him.
olafthegreat
The O/S and MON have denied ridiculous links like this in the past so I don't think it is too out of character. MON has also made it perfectly clear that he has had and has no interest in Defoe.
pongo wearing
Think it is right for them to deny it when they are saying an official bid has been made, saves all the speculation etc Olof.
The Fear
I often find my-self counting the days till the window opens and once it open I find my-self counting the days till it closes... The whole transfer window thing is a pain in the arris and should be kicked into touch.
col8
 

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