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Sunday's Aston Villa Press Transfer Talk

Bit disappointed at the quality of newspaper rumours at the moment. If this continues I'll re-start the Ruud van Nistelrooy to Villa rumours! (And yes, I do know he is injured at the moment thanks, but the story last year linking him to Villa and his missus being spotted in Matalan was quality, only I thought so, but hey ho, you have to start somewhere!)

Anyway, The Sunday Express claim that Villa are going to bid for Reading striker Kevin Doyle. The report says Reading won't let the striker, who seems to have set the Championship alight with 17 goals this season, will not accept anything under £8million. Fair enough, lets spend that and then get another striker in also, we need 4 to rotate to be serious. Carlos Tevez appears to be surplus to requirements according to reports today, how about a cheeky bid there then?!?!

According to The People, Newcastle United want seeming Villa misfit Nicky Shorey and would be prepared to offer unhappy Magpie Charles N'Zogbia as a swap. Cool, we'll go for that as well shall we? This transfer business is so easy.... next! Related article, Charles N'Zogbia Wants Toon Exit

Other reports are slightly less positive if you believe that we are interested in these players as the press have claimed for some while.

The Sunday Mirror claim that Wigan striker Emile Heskey will stand by his word and won't move this January. He will be fully greedy and take advantage of a free move in the summer leaving Wigan with nothing and his bank balance much the richer. Would we do any differently in his position? I doubt it!

The News of the World claim that Peter Crouch wants to stay at Portsmouth despite interest from Aston Villa and Tottenham.

Oh and Harry Redknapp was apparently at Villa Park yesterday watching Villa v WBA play. He was apparently watching Baggies striker Roman Bednář who did look a handful when he came on.

The Sunday Mercury claim that Bolton and Middlesbrough are both interested in Marlon Harewood who has also been linked with Stoke and WBA. I'm sure he'd do a better job for the Baggies than Luke Moore did yesterday. The Mercury quote his agent Phil Sproson, 'Villa will listen to realistic offers. It’s a case of whoever strikes a deal with Villa first will probably get him.' Surely we have to get two strikers in before letting one leave?

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Writer: J P Fear Mail feedback, articles or suggestions

Date:Sunday January 11 2009

Time: 10:11AM

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Doyle? 17 goals in the Championship which is a tough, competitive league these days. Might be worth a punt?!
The Fear
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11/01/2009 10:20:00

Easy being a agent, is it not Mr.Fear? :-)
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11/01/2009 10:22:00

But where the hell are you going to get the 35 million for Tevez? Or was it press bull crap?!
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11/01/2009 10:23:00

Fear...since when has MON done the rational thing of having a replacement before letting a player go? Mellberg of course being the bright shining example - and he knew about that for AGES! Anyway, I'd be very happy with recieving N'Zogbia for Shorey and likely a few more quid besides.
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11/01/2009 10:36:00

I'm sure Randy Lerner would give MON what he wants if its 35 or 50m, If we brought in someone like Tevez or Adriano i think Aston Villa concete their place in the top 4.
Villa 4 Ever
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11/01/2009 10:37:00

It wont be £35m for Tevez, like it wasnt £10m Carson, its whats agreed before they realise its too much and aint worth it!
Stourbridge Villan
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11/01/2009 10:40:00

Bid for Tevez? MON would sign someone so extravagent!!!! Doyle and Heskey are far more likely.
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11/01/2009 10:58:00

I reckon I could get used to it JT, especially the fees!!!!!!!
The Fear
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11/01/2009 11:32:00

If we bought someonelike Tevez, who knows, we are 3rd and not that far off 1st. Is it worth the gamble?! That is up to MON and Randy who is the man with the money! Agree Mayo, silly me!!!
The Fear
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11/01/2009 11:33:00

I am really not sure on Doyle. One half of me says yes he could do it with us, after all we are winning, while playing not very well at the moment and all the players seem to be enjoying life at Villa. But surely he ould have been snapped up by now, by another fellow prem team. And did he really light up the Premisership that much, because I dont really remeber him doing that much for Reading to be honest. I am just looking forward to end of the window and I dont mind who MON buys, as long as he get the players he wants, as I am not EVER going to question his judgement again!!!!!
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11/01/2009 12:35:00

Doyle is a goal scorer. Simple as. Some might argue he didnt have a great season last year (in terms of goal scoring) but thats because he played a good part of that season on the right wing. This guy is a good poacher and a great header of the ball. And with the ammunition being supplied by young n milner I think he would prove a hit at Villa. Similarly I think the N'zogbia for Shorey is a GREAT swap. Shorey is worringly poor; while N'zogbia can play at left back/mid and is an young attacking talent. However we would need to spend an extra few quid on some duck tape for his mouth!
azton villain
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11/01/2009 12:43:00

To be honest erv2005 Im worried if we dont sign him, everton will!!!
azton villain
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11/01/2009 12:44:00

Here is one for you .Carlton Cole I reckon he is just the type of player St Martin would improve and he meets his criteria (young , quick , English). He already looks a much better player under Zola.
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11/01/2009 12:51:00

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11/01/2009 13:23:00

Sweet Mother of God, I freally have read it all now. Please tell me you were joking about re-signing Cant Control from West Ham? I presume you were in some kind of deep coma the season he played for us!
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11/01/2009 13:34:00

Doyle would do me, for sure. I agree with azton, we need a poacher.
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11/01/2009 13:53:00

Doyle will improve if he comes to us because he knows if he doesnt he'll be straight back down to the champ. Carlton cole is shocking. I would ratha keep harewood all day long.
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11/01/2009 13:55:00

If that's all we can go for then Doyle it is but i suggest we bid 10m for Valencia first and offer Shorey as part of the deal to get him.....p.s I really rate Shorey but believe that the sacrifice would be worth it for Valencia....he's only going to get better and better.
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11/01/2009 16:01:00

Ruud van Nistelrooy worth a punt 2 years ago....
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11/01/2009 17:17:00

Maybe we could afford Tevez but does anyone seriously believe Fergie would sell him to a club that might be his serious rivals in one or two years? No way, unfortunatley.
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11/01/2009 19:05:00

That might be the case Saurat, except MUTD still don't own him.
Villan Of The North
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11/01/2009 19:12:00

I think Doyle would be a good shout. A better shout than Tevez, for sure!! I don't think MON would £30 Mil on anyone. Then theres the £100 grand a week.
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11/01/2009 19:22:00

Koolbill, I don't mean to be derogatory but how can you rate Shorey. He is a very poor player and I admit I thought he would be a good signing but stand corrected. Everytime he has played he just doesn't look good enough. How the guy won England caps shows how poor we were at LB without Bridge and Cole (and I hate Ashley Cole). Would like Valencia though but don't think it would happen. N'zogbia would be a good signing for the squad. I haven'ta clue what forward we will sign but really believe we will sign at least one.
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11/01/2009 21:27:00

Kevin Doyle would have been the right player to bring in during the summer of 2008, I dont know why we hesitated then. He would have cost us probably a couple of million less then.
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11/01/2009 22:34:00

It was sad watching Luke Moore going through the motions yesterday. What a waste of talent, wonder how long he'll remain at The Hawthorns? Hopefully we can sign that much needed new striker this week, stop dragging our feet.
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11/01/2009 22:37:00

Doyle can finish alright, and, aztonvillian, you are right is a very good header of the ball. I think we do need a fox in the box too and believe that Owen can do that job better than anyone so why not take both on? N'Zogbia for Shorey is a great shout with Freddy near to full fitness, Shorey seems to have taken things for granted and was awful against Gillingham. Doesn't seem to want to fight for his place and has disappointed. Similar with Lukey boy who got what he deserved - to be hauled off in disgrace at half time yesterday. He'll soon be in the non league with Stefan, and not because of his knees! Ok, rant over, UTV, we're doing fine.
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11/01/2009 23:00:00

doyle? NO NO NO. we need a striker who can score goals in the Premier League, someone like Owen. We are at the point in the season where we cannot gamble. Go for a tried and tested striker that will guarantee goals.
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12/01/2009 10:01:00

all gone quiet on Javanovic? will kenwyne be in the squad that faces us next weekend? nzogbia was substituted at the weekend? anyone think we will sign anyone this week, transfer window fever is getting to me now.
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12/01/2009 12:14:00


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