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Sunday's Aston Villa Press Transfer Talk

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
Date:Sunday January 11 2009
Time: 10:11AM


Doyle? 17 goals in the Championship which is a tough, competitive league these days. Might be worth a punt?!
The Fear
11/01/2009 10:20:00
Easy being a agent, is it not Mr.Fear? :-)
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?!
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.
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
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
11/01/2009 10:40:00
Bid for Tevez? MON would sign someone so extravagent!!!! Doyle and Heskey are far more likely.
11/01/2009 10:58:00
I reckon I could get used to it JT, especially the fees!!!!!!!
The Fear
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
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!!!!!
11/01/2009 12:35:00
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