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Upson Rubbish & Other Villa Transfer Talk

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.

Writer:J P Fear
Date:Tuesday January 6 2009
Time: 11:06AM


I doubt very much that we will ever see Carew in a Villa shirt again.
06/01/2009 11:13:00
i hope your wrong jonah i love the big fella
06/01/2009 11:28:00
same here
06/01/2009 11:29:00
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.
06/01/2009 11:30:00
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!
06/01/2009 11:31:00
jonah i don't believe that for one second. why do you think that?
06/01/2009 11:35:00
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
06/01/2009 11:37:00
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
06/01/2009 11:39:00
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!
06/01/2009 11:51:00
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.
06/01/2009 12:20:00
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