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Villa Transfer Talk Including Harewood Exit?

Villa Transfer Talk Including Harewood Exit?

Only a couple of links today, how very boring!

Villa are being linked with Sporting Gijon's defender Roberto Canella who is apparently rated at around £10million. The 20-year-old left-back is highly rated in Spanish League and is apparently on our hit list with rumours growing that Nicky Shorey our summer signing from Reading could be on his way out already - with Spurs mentioned several times.

Marlon Harewood's agent Phil Sproson has said that Stoke City will have to pay if they want to buy the former West Ham striker from Villa. He said in the Sentinel 'Stoke are showing an interest in the player. But they will have to buy because Villa won't loan him.'

Adding, 'They are looking to sell him in this window if they can, or in the summer if not, but Marlon's contract runs until the end of next season. Villa will listen to realistic offers, but if someone tries to nick him it will not happen. It's a case of whoever strikes a deal with Villa first will probably get him.'

The agent also says the striker isn't in a 'fantastic rush' to leave Villa but does want to find regular first team football, which to be fair is very understandable. He obviously isn't in Martin O'Neill's plans, some would say he never should have been, but they would just be being churlish! ;o)

Sproson added, 'he understands the situation at Villa. They are a top-five club now and the standard there is unbelievably high. There are England players in front of him in the team.'

Must say he seems to have been a model professional, it can't be easy to come to a high profile club and spend the majority of your time on the bench but I've not seen any moans from him in the press.

Click here to join in the debate on the club forum.

Writer:J P Fear
Date:Wednesday January 7 2009
Time: 12:17PM


Can we pleeeeeeeez pleeeeeeeeez bring in another striker BEFORE letting Marls leave???!!! a strange feeling of deja vous just came over me.
07/01/2009 12:48:00
Not only you, we are all feeling it! I still dont think that Marlon was really given a chance to be a first team player. He may not be up to the standard of the competition, but we will never know what was possible if he leaves now!
07/01/2009 13:01:00
I'm sure we'll find out villa_de, when he scores a hat trick against us. Wow, another deja vous moment!
07/01/2009 13:13:00
Its obvious to all, particularly Marlon himself, that his future prospects at Villa Park are far from bright. Overlooked again this past Saturday for a seventeen year old youngster, its clear that Martin O'Neill has little confidence in our ex-West Ham United striker. Its better for all parties that Marlon moves on to pastures new, and good luck to him when he does. As Villan-in-Cyprus so rightly says though, lets ensure that we have his replacement in place, before we do actually allow Marlon to move on.
07/01/2009 13:57:00
Its a credit to The Hare though, that through all of these disappointing times for him of being overlooked and ignored, he's still remained as far as we are aware, the model professional, giving his all to the cause when briefly called upon. His attitude has been spot on, and for that he deserves our respect. It would no doubt have been very easy for him to upset the boat, allowing his frustration and disappointment to get the better of him.
07/01/2009 14:02:00
Don't go The Hare! I know you've got goals in you...I saw what you did to us that night at Upton Park back in 2005! (see link)
07/01/2009 15:12:00
I was there. It was torture. Marvelous Marls.
07/01/2009 15:17:00
After missing out on Defoe AGAIN (that'll wind up The Fear), i really would like to see who MON has in mind for the job. If he sells Harewood without bringing in at least one striker capable of pushing JC and Gabby for a place, then i think 4th place may well be beyond us.
07/01/2009 15:57:00
Marlene clearly isn't good enough but comments about his attitude are spot on and I just wish he had more talent. We need two new forwards at least one of which has to be a natural goalscorer. I know it might hand small heath promotion but I'd love us to get Doyle as he's different to our other options and knows how to find the net.
07/01/2009 16:46:00
In MoN we trust. Bye Marlon. Now, Valencia, Zaki and Doyle please. And Wes Brown for the squad.
07/01/2009 17:49:00
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