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The January Transfer Thread 2009 - Part 2

Ok, the transfer thread is off to a spiffing start with over 340 comments so far, unfortunately the transfer window itself isn't quite so active yet for Villa!

Maybe Part Two will see more in's to Villa Park?

So if you hear a rumour, have a major wish, see some gossip that I've missed in the articles or just want to pass the time of day to save you going mad, this is the place for it.

Martin O'Neill... over to you!

OUT:

Wayne Routledge to QPR (undisclosed)

IN:

Arsenio Halfhuid from Excelsior.
Emile Ivanhoe Heskey from Wigan. £3.5million

The January Transfer Thread 2009 - Part 1




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The Journalist

Writer: J P Fear Mail feedback, articles or suggestions

Date:Sunday January 18 2009

Time: 11:39AM

Your Comments

Maybe the suspension of Ashley Young will speed things up? NRC being linked to Spurs today and .... bugger that is about it!
The Fear
Spuds want Reo...No way, who do they think they are?!
johnmurphy3112
Some would be glad to see him go, personally I don't think we should sell anyone! Also notice that Chelsea might be willing to show Drogba the door. Wonder if that is worth a punt?! Probably wouldn't sell to us as we are so close to them though.
The Fear
NRC is a rare breed, he kicks a ball for a living and reads books! Surely this intelligent footballer would not want to leave a Villa side which is only going to get better and better to join a Tottenham team which has almost matched The Toon for splicing football and comedy over the last year or so? Thinking about the Drogba link, at first I thought that there just can't be any basis for this? Who knows? Not I. And I wasn't sure if I would really want someone who can be such a disturbing influence in the dressing room. But thinking about it, when Mourinho was at Chelsea he had a completely different attitude, and proved to be very loyal to him indeed. I can imagine that he could develop such a bond with MON, so we have nothing to fear from signing such a player, his talent is undeniable. Maybe he is just the man we need to turn us from being pretenders to the Premiership throne to actually sitting on it?
Alan Stovil
I reckon that we will make one of the highest non-Man City based deals of the window and am pretty sure it will be Darren Bent - the fact that he can score goals up on his own or with another forward shows that he would suit us. Obviously with him being young, English and with a point to prove he would O'Neill. Lets just hope the player himself would rather play for a club with major ambition than have a pay structure that would put him above our highest earner. I would imagine £10m could get him. We may have to go to 13 or include Shorey - either way we should go for it. SUrely less of a risk than Heskey, Doyle, Jones and others
deano.avfc
it is really quient on the transfer front. hopefully we can sign darren bent this week form tottenham. we need a striker as soon as posible.
mshaw18
Bent and gamst pedersen would do nicely. Forget Jones. Not worth more than 8M. Valencia would be awesome but if real madrid are sniffing around we've got a slim chance. Johnson also one for the future. As for Reo goin spuds, they must be having a laugh, Mon would never do something stupid like that.
medzy
why don't we ave a punt on kightly from wolves?
Kuffit
We won't get Bent as Harry has said he won't sell anyone. Valencia would be cool and I've wanted him since last season. NRC is not going to Spurzzzzz as they are in for Palacios. Wolves will not sell Kightly.
koolbill
Johnson not a bad idea. Cisse? I know he acts the *****er but he is a dangerous striker. Mebbe Kris Boyd from Gers as reserve, 72 goals in 97 appearances, and only 3/4mil + also he didn't like the bluenoses!
NorthcliffeBandit
Its gotta be Bent, cash + Shorey, not Reo Coker though, never. Seeing as though some of the vital players are on the brink of suspension, this may very well be our downfall and when itll matter the most theyll be suspended. Get to buying jesus christ
AussieVilla
bent, forlan, delph, diego. couple of scots think barry ferguson!? is coming.
leftfoot
Onuoha, Diego, Downing, Naughton, Bent and Delph would do me....
bentonm
Jesus Christ what position does he play ?? AussieVilla
B6_COMPANY
he heee
B6_COMPANY
i think we if we dont sign no one this week. i cant see us to signing anyone. we need at one striker this weeek if possible
mshaw18
not sure if this is common knowledge yet but podolski has agreed to rejoin colonge at the end of the season. shame really as i think his style of game would of suited us pretty well. guess he wasnt on MON radar though. i do expect some business to be concluded soon though. i have all the faith in the world in MON so we should be fine.
1982benny
Definitely need players in and fast. Laursen is out for a while, who knows when Carew and Bouma will be fit. Both Youngs are suspended and Barry and Petrov will be serving bans soon as they are on 4 yellow cards. We can;t let this great season fall apart. Need a winger and 2 strikers in asap!!
In MON we trust!
i have got to the usual point in the january transfer window. the later it is left the greater my expectation level. if we fail to sign anybody, it will be a massive disapointment.
Stig
The word is that they are frightened of revealing their targets, just in case that man City step into make a bid.It could be a frenzy late in the window with frantic bids on the last minute. The only problem with that is clubs are reluctant to let go without getting replacements. I am sure that City are not going to buy everybody on the market, or are they?
Buzz Lightyear
fabian delph? pederson?? barry ferguson?! really dont see how they are going to improve us! i was thinking more along the lines of downing/bent/heskey...all realistic buys to i think
aaron_villa87
Pederson wood be good cover for ash. Bent is perfect for villa. Mon's bound to get him back to his confident best. Boro wont let Downing go, they've already said, and as for Heskey he doesnt score goals and he's too old. He's not a long term solution which is what we may need. We need a winger, a striker OF QUALITY and a L/CB. Mon needs to start looking abroad before its too late but im sure he wont let us down. He knows adding to the squad is our biggest priority for success
medzy
Im sure MON's got it all in hand. Pederson no way he's not fit to lace ashleys boots.
johnmurphy3112
I don't think we need to sign a striker just because Ash is out for 3 games. Even without him we SHOULD be able to conjur up wins against Portsmouth, Wigan and Doncaster.
YatesyVillain
i just really hope we get bent i really do think he would flourish under sir martin! anyone no anything on young joe mattock from leicester young english left back heard alot of good things about him from my mate whos a big leicester fan...
aaron_villa87
I've got a sneaky suspicion we are going to come out with Stewart Downing in our line up come Feb 2nd.
los_angeles_villan
Can't see much happening for a few days yet. The Kakka transfer seems to causing a few ripples. Means that Citeh may look to other targets closer to home.
tarzan
Carew and Bouma back in full training! Brilliant news! Reckon Carew may be on the bench for Saturday if not Tuesday. Can't see Bouma playing until end Feb/March though but it's just in time for our final push!!
In MON we trust!
They have also confirm that Laursen may well just play through the pain barrier or have some injections to help him through...just sums the guy up really!!
In MON we trust!
Kaka turned down City, because he had a chat with Mr O'Neill.
evoflash
21ST DAY AND NOWT !!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! So much for the Randy Revolution ???????
ASPINALL
Linked with Sturridge today along with Blackburn, hmmm wonder whom he'd choose.
los_angeles_villan
just realised how quiet it had gone on the Milan Jovanovic link, wasnt he meant to be signing for hamburg depending on our 'suposed' offer?????
Stig
Charles N'Zogbia reported to have had a bit of a ruck with Carroll at training. Maybe we could get him for a good price. Surely get him in for the next game so he can take Youngs place on the left-wing (if he is not going to use Milner there and play Gardner on the right.) I am loving the Sturridge link but he IS only 19 so is one for the future with Fonz. We surely need a more experienced head in their now for the push for the top 4.
deano.avfc
Yeah Aspinall - bring back Ellis - let's hold a press conference and say he's got a piece of paper with names of players he is after (Kaka,Ronaldo,Arshavin) so poeple like you can be put at ease. I remember when Ellis did just this and made us a laughing stock amongst the press. Why panic - MON does things his way - if you don't like it - demand his head and you go and do the job (better still go on playing FIFA one zillion and Fottball Manager one trillion - it' so easy to get the right player in who won't disrupt a steady dressing room!). I am fed up of this every transfer window. Let him do it his way - we've come a long way under Randy and MON - we may not be ready for Champs league just yet, I'll be happy with 4th or 5th - that to me is success after all the s***T in the Ellis years. Been a fan since 1962, so I have learned to be patient when it comes to Villa - we will get there if not now - very soon even with Man Citeh with all that money. We are doing it right. Let MON get on with it quietly - why tell all and sundry who we are after!. and I'd rather trust MON's signings (no matter who they are) than yours anyday. Sorry if this offends - but the negativity is so boring.
nazvfc
Could'nt agree more nazvfc. My only hope is that Aspnall was being ironic.
sirdennis
Sure you didn't mean moronic?
chris the villan
is Aspinall a wind up merchant? he does it every time.
leftfoot
Heard a rumour that Man City are looking at Ash as their next target... what would be the valuation for him!
Hoss The Villain
I want to cry...
olofthegreat
£150m and he is all yours. look at the bigger picture and what we could do with that kind of money.
Stig
Not sure i agree there, 150mill, well what could we do with it? The Kaka thing has proved that money can't get you everywhere, and who is going to think of Villa as a good option if we let our best players go? Just trying to think who in that top class price range we could then afford would come and offer more than our young Young does.... plus is Randy hard up for a 150mill?
Munk AVFC
Forget Ellis, Villa was a bargain at that price so anyone would have bought us, Randy has been amazing on so many levels but we still don`t be able to compete transfer wise.
ASPINALL
£300 million and we might consider it. Oh and while I'm here - I HATE SPURS MORE EVERY SINGLE DAY!!!!
Adam Deuce
I agree that some people are being a tad negative but hey, this forum is for views and comments from people with differing opions. So lets not criticse someone because of their opinions.
Steve64k
5.5 mill for sturridge, seems good to me, but MON wants to wait till the summer and get it him on a free, buy then he'll have played another 20 games, and spuds & liverpool will want him, JUST GET HIM NOW!
eltoro
My opinion is that we need in this window a forward, Bent for me fits the bill, a winger to really challange Milner and Young, if we could get Downing great if not the summer, and finally a defender i would look at Lescott, he can play in the centre or at left back. In the summer sell Harewood and get in a Heskey or Jones, then we would have 4 top strikers which we will need to compete in all competions. We have to trust MON we want the right players that will make us better not some one for the sake of it.
astonsteve
AVFC Blog claim that Heskey is signing within the next two days. As I understood it the consensus seemed to be taht he had agreed to join Liverpool at the end of the season. Not sure where this information is coming from. Also seems to be a big rumour regarding Downing on BBC Message Boards. £13m and Harewood apparently. If this is true then I would have thought we would see another forward come in first.
notthedougellisstand
MON wouldn't dream of selling Marlon before we got back up, of that, I am 100% certain.
PTP
it is one of those 'my neighbours cat told my mate that we are about to sign Torres' though. We can all do that, some occassionally come off but it is a bit misleading that it only came from an article comment by a member who he doesn't know!
The Fear
Ye, we'll fall for anything at this time of year. These are tough times. I'm still morning over the 20 quid I lost when Van Nistleroy didn't get his dream move to Villa Park.
PTP
Colombia striker Hugo Rodallega is undergoing a medical with Wigan as his £4.5million switch edges ever closer. Could this mean Heskey is on his way out before the summer...I wonder!!
In MON we trust!
FFS! What is it with some of you people, why the impatience and down right derogatory statements about MON and Randy? Surely you've got the jist of how MON approaches transfers by now? You can virtually dismiss all the rumours and all the speculation about who we might sign and how much it is going to cost because MON is not going to give anything away, we won't know until the deal is done. He'd make one hell of a poker player I'm sure. Because the transfer market is so stagnant at the moment 99% of everything we've seen in the football media is totally made up just so they've got something to write about. We need to trust that MON is doing everything he can to sign the right players and at a financially viable price. No one knows more than him that we need to sign 2 or 3 players this period or we are going to be in trouble soon. I completely concur with what nazvfc had to say. The way our guys have gone about things is the way to do it, gradual and sustainable growth is the way forward. There are too many examples of the opposite for this not to make sense. Where are Leeds now? Man City, with all the money you could ever ask for are finding it impossible to sign quality because they are doing so poorly in the league. As Alan Partridge once said 'Evolution not Revolution'! We are on the right track, look how far we have come already in whats is really a short space of time since the new team took over. Rather than wasting all that time and effort moaning about things, use it to get behind our wonderful club. Come on supporters, start supporting! One last thing, as we are now starting to be considered as genuine contenders in the Premiership and are starting to see a lot more coverage of the Villa, and articles and fans comments being posted on the major football websites, please please please let us not descend to the level of the majority of fans of the 'Big four' by doing nothing but slate each other and give out abuse. Lets show we are above that petty bickering and down right smugness and be the team and fans that everyone loves to love! (except Small Heath of course, there is always an exception to the rule) The futures bright, the futures Claret and Blue.................
Alan Stovil
This is a transfer rumour thread wherby Mr Fear states... if you hear a rumour, have a major wish, see some gossip that I've missed in the articles or just want to pass the time of day to save you going mad, this is the place for it... so ligthen up!
Hoss The Villain
FFS STOVIL chill out will ya!
holte ender 1969
Chillax! Just a laugh talking about who we will and won't sign. All a bit of fun whilst we wait for the real business. Think most know the club is in VERY fine hands with Randy and the manager isn't proving to be too shoddy either is he?!
The Fear
99% sure that Heskey is about to join us. Wasn't this morning, but the conversation I've just had with a member of the press I've known for years suggests it is a done deal!
The Fear
I'm not a great Heskey fan but I think he would take a lot of pressure of Young and Gabby by holding the ball up and feed them quite well.
Hoss The Villain
I dont get it? why all the bull***** about him goin to liverpoo. I dont think we really need him if he doesnt score goals. I was hoping for a young goal machine and i think Bent would be a much better option. Age on his side and all that. He must be out of favour after Harry made a ***** out of him to the press. Ive heard Micah richards is going cheap too. Lets raid citeh FFS
medzy
To be fair....I'd buy Micah for the future, definitely. Him and Curtis will be awesome if they develop to full potential. He's one big ugly b-ast-ard too, just the way MON likes them! Heskey = not impressed but would support him unequivocably if he pulled on the colours! Rather have VALENCIA though! Much better suited to us and could be turned into a striker easily!
koolbill
Point taken! Heskey??????!!!!!!!!?????? Trust in MON, repeat, Trust in MON, Trust in MON, Trust in MON, Trust in MON, Trust in MON, Trust in MON. Right I think thats done it.........Yeah, Heskey, he's a great signing :-)
Alan Stovil
Lol Stovil, good on ya! No disrespect to MON but i would love it if he got bent!! If Heskey link is true then it will be only to cover JC and lets hope that there is another CF signing on his way. BTW, RIP you Villa legends. It would be so fitting to lift the FA Cup this year as thanks and as a tribute. What a story aye!
holte ender 1969
agree with Hoss the Villian, Young and Gabby (particular yound) carry heavy weights on their shoulders. N lets face it.. when they are not on form we need a plan B (B for Big) who can hold the ball up and bring them into the play. Over the past number of months Heskey has been one of the few english players to stand out in games. And thats saying something, especially when he's not scoring. I dont think this signing should distract from us signing a goal poacher.
azton villain
I am surprised with the rumours that Micah Richards is off to Bolton or Wigan that MON hasn't made an inquiry for Villa. Would like a swap with Young maybe.
Buzz Lightyear
I dont know if the press accross the pond over here in Oz is a reliable source but http://www.foxsports.com.au/story/0,8659,24952865-29437,00.html They seem pretty sure that weve signed him as if it were true but i dont see why its only on this site and nowhere else not even the offical Villa site. Strange but i dunno, if we do end up signing him i hope we sign up another one like young Sturridge as well as a defender and another winger
AussieVilla
So FA Cup Line up : Guzan, Yound, Knight, Davies, Shorey, Gardner, ReoCoker, Sidwell, Milner, Harewood, Heskey? Subs Taylor, Cuellar, Petrov, Barry, Salifou, Gabby, Fonz....Good team to play against donnie with a strong bench....
bentonm
Marc Janko please - hijack Rovers move for him MON - reckon he'll be a real success in the EPL.
26.05.82
Am I the only that thinks Heskey is just what we need right now? Carew is only available 50% of the time these days, and when he does play only looks 65% fit. No doubt JC is the better player but how often do we see evidence of that? Heskey has never been a prolific goalscorer but I can't see anyone else that we might get better at doing all of the other stuff big centre forwards do, such as holding the ball up, link-up play, winning stuff in the air, being a nuisance. Some of his England performances of recent years have been first class, and lets not forget the player he was when O'Neil last worked with him at Leicester. Liverpool didn't buy him for no reason. I'm actually excited he might be on his way to us, but yes I concede we definately need a true poacher up front too, Gabby looks tired (Prob from shagging) most of the time these days. And Bent would be very welcome at VP by me.
The Usual Suspect
HESKEY SIGNS FOR £4MILLION....
bentonm
Bentonm - whats your source? Nothing on OS or BBC?
The Usual Suspect
Ah yeah, on sky sports - agreed a fee, hasn't signed yet - http://www.skysports.com/story/0,19528,12874_4836575,00.html
The Usual Suspect
sportinglife...transfer centre. Agreed fee.....
bentonm
and a medical for another apparently.....(rumour has it - rubbing hands together!)
bentonm
who's the other? Have you been watching Lost again?
The Usual Suspect
1 other medical booked today, cover for Laursen......
bentonm
did you read that on the bbc message boards buy any chance?
Stig
no... a little chap close to bodymoor....
bentonm
Come on then bentonm, name the player if you think you know? Micah Richards anyone??
In MON we trust!
Heskey deal done! - Just annouced on Sky Sports.
26.05.82
If we were signing two, strange it wasn't announced at the same time as Heskey.
chris the villan
Hagelund
bentonm
Someone said that MON told the press at the conference today that he'd like Michael Owen to team up with Heskey in the summer. 100% DO NOT KNOW if that is correct, but the press will have it tomorrow if it was. As said, NOT passing this off as fact.
The Fear
All MON's transfers to date: Click Here (feel free to play the video advert!!!!)
The Fear
how many more transfer do you think we'll get in?
los_angeles_villan
Heskey is a clever signing I think. Perfect for feeding balls to Gabby and was outstanding for MON in the past. I think at that price MON will be willing to go back into the transfer market for a bigger money signing as I believe we are the only team to buy in this transfer window that has not payed over the odds.
Tallaght Villan
Not sure why, but I still think we are going to sign Downing.
los_angeles_villan
Interesting rumours about Owen to Villa Park. Some great experience handing their knowledge down to our kids....
bentonm
Valencia please MO'N....oi Heskey, ave a word!!!! ;-)
koolbill
Heskey for England, never thought id be writing that!
chris the villan
we really need another winger! not hard to see that we only have 2! downing wants 2 leave hes young and english! go get him sir martin and let him young and milner fight for the positions! that can only be a good thing for us!! UP THE VILLA
aaron_villa87
Lets get in a snatch Arshavin from Arsenal - they are debating over a £12m bid as they want £15m - lets give them it and trump Arsenal into Champs League place!!
deano.avfc
I think id rather have Downing than Arshavin. We need a back up wide player. New winger and full back needed i think, along with a poacher. I feel a bit let down by cuellar as i was convinced he be quality when we paid 8M for him. Bent, Downing and Richards would be my choices right now. Owen if he sorts himself out!
medzy
Medzy - give cuellar a chance. He is another who really has been played out of position whilst still coming to terms with the premier league and on top of that he has had a disruptive season with injuries.
Steve64k
I agree, its took Petrov 18 months and now we're seeing the best of him, give Cuellar time to adapt he's going to be good for us long term.
johnmurphy3112
Dont get me wrong chaps, I want Carlos to do well because i saw what he can do when he was at the gers. I still think we need back up for the big man though (laursen) just incase anyone else gets crocked. Better safe than sorry etc
medzy
What NUmber will heskey be?
Carlos cuellar 1
Medzy, dont forget if we get another left back or if Shorey comes good, Bouma can play centre back he has done for Holland.
johnmurphy3112
Lets hope freddie gets up to fitness pretty sharpish then. 18 carlos
medzy
I hope of all the players we have been linked to that we snatch Richards from Citeh as he is quality and current England squad pedigree. A centre half or full back cover who can also hold in midfield. Also I have championed the cause of one Mr Owen all summer and window. Would lov-it if he came to us in this window (unlikely) or come season end. I do hope also that certain players (Barry) can commit long term and keep the faith that Sir Martin has in them. We are no longer a selling club! UTV.
holte ender 1969
deano.avfc, I agree lets go for Arshavin and pip those gooners! That would be so funny and pif Wenger even more off!
holte ender 1969
Marseille winger Elliot Grandin to go on trial at Villa apparently.
Pking
Lets get Owen now and not wait until the summer when the rest of Europe will be after him!! £5 mill and he's ours.
In MON we trust!
Fear sorry for posting this here but I cant use forums at work!! I need a bit of help and assistance from Villa fans here. Im planning a trip to Villa v Spurs on 14th March - only get over once or twice a season so it is a rarity! How likely is it that I will get tickets for the game - is it likely to sell out before going on general sale? Is it worth taking the risk and getting cheap flights and hotel booked?? Also, at the moment it is a 3pm on Saturday game - how likely is it to move from that date?? Any help would be greatly appreciated - the flights are 4p at the moment (obviously £30 each way by the time tax is added) so want to get moving on it quick!!!
deano.avfc
Christian Panucci is looking for a new team...
Poncho
lets face it does any1 actually think well sign any1 else not hope ! think .
Carlos cuellar 1
I think we will get someone else - and I think we also have back ups if they dont come off. I reckon Johnson and Sturridge are targets but may wait until summer. If no moves are made as deadline day approaches I would expect a move for N'Zogbia or someone similar who would definitley come in a hurry.
deano.avfc
Anyway - four links today - N'Zogbia, Sharner and Michael Johnson at £6m each and Sturridge at £4,. Discuss............
deano.avfc
Heskey No.18
bentonm
few names being thrown around as we near the final days. n'zogbia or grandin? similar players those two. scharner is a good player, so is sturridge. any of these would fit in. BUT NOT michael owen please, no point after having Heskey join. and sell Shorey 4mil.
leftfoot
Newcastle are also interested in Rennes right-back Rod Fanni, as are Aston Villa and a number of other Premier League clubs. (Telegraph)
The Fear
Would like both Johnson and Sturridge, think they are very likely deals as well, whether now or the summer who knows but good to be bringing in these young talents
The Fear
Young Fanni at the back....nice
bentonm
lol @ Fanni. Too many jokes. Tight marker?. He's not Brazilian, so expect a few hairy moments. One for the big tackle. A right **** of a player. At that price, would be a good snatch.
evoflash
According to vital newcastle N'zogbia will cost us 6M. Half that and it might be worth it.
medzy
Heskey's middle name is ivanhoe? Surely thats a song in the making!
NorthcliffeBandit
lol @ evo, the good snatch comment is the funniest thing i heard all day!
Tez86
Got to find a diffrent song for Heskey the one there singing saying (he used to be *****e now his allright) has got to go ..!!
B6_COMPANY
We should buy "Zanka" Jorgensen, 18 yr old Denmark full international centre back, 6ft3, tracked by arsenal and liverpool, and as a Dane would be the potential perfect protege for Laursen.
NorthcliffeBandit
B6 i loved that song its one of the only songs that made me chuckle in a while...its a keeper!
Tez86
Should be " he played for the sh***, and now he`s alright "
ASPINALL
Gotta say - hearing Merson and Dublin say that, take Man Utd away we would be in with as good a shout as anyone for the league - feels REALLY good. BUT this is the best chance we will ever get and I still think we just need that one top top top drawer signing to make it into the Champions League and who knows maybe in 2nd or 3rd and therefore straight into the group stage. I just think an Arshavin or similar quality player would be worth the risk. He may take time to settle and may be slow to start like Modric etc. but there is always that class player who will come in and make something great happen. If he looks like "doing an Asprilla" and unsettles the team just take him off and go back to our normal squad. I think this season, more than any other, it is worth the risk. Lets really press on!!!! At least then we would have better options on the bench - lets be honest if we were struggling last night we had the likes of Salifou, Osbourne, Harewood etc to call on - no disrespect - we just need one more class act to make it I think!!
deano.avfc
Get Owen and Downing now and I really do think 2nd place is up for grabs.
In MON we trust!
Out wide is where we need cover - Downing might be a good one to challenge Ash or to play on the right, but I'd like to see Chris Eagles from Burnley come in to challenge for a place on the right. He's got all the right qualities and could be another AY. Owen - as my missus said we need a toe-poker that gets you your scrappy goals in the 6 yard box. Can't disagree with her either. Lets gamble on him now and secure that CL place - we might not get another opportunity too.
Silent-Bob
Thought Distin was outstanding last night...would much prefer him over Sharner...can play left back too.
In MON we trust!
always rated distin myself aswell. he is fast as ***** aswell.
Stig
Distin was awesome last night. I was gutted when he went to Pompey. Really felt we should have a player of his ability it Villa. Walcott anyone?
evoflash
Buy Distin for Harewood plus cash????
bentonm
Walcott..? yes please
B6_COMPANY
Why do Villa never give regular news on our injured players...it drives me crazy!! I want expected dates of when Bouma and Carew will return! Apprently we had a practice match against Derby yesterday, so maybe they both played in that? A bit of communication never hurt anyone!!
In MON we trust!
Read somewhere that Wenger was "sure" that Walcott would sign a contract. Wonder if Walcott is looking around and thinking about his England career..........
evoflash
Walcott just needs to look up "above" in the table ..
B6_COMPANY
I think its pretty safe to say Walcott will remain an Arsenal player, he doesn't seem like a**** and they've only just paid almost 10 mil for him 2 years ago so it would be pretty disrespectful to leave them now. I'm sure he's a player MON would make sure we were in for if he was available though and he would be amazing in our team if he carry's on the progression he's made this last year.
PTP
Owen out for six weeks. That's the end of that then. I'm sticking with my pre-window predictions of Heskey and N'Zogbia.
evoflash
N'Zogbia and Sturridge both not in their squads last night and no news of injury or being banned...I just wonder if they'll be in our squad come Saturday!?
In MON we trust!
was scharner in the wigan squad?
Stig
Yeah Stig, he played.
In MON we trust!
We don't need another CB we've got Zat, if MON's buying any defender it should be a right back or swap Shorey for a LB that he's going to be able to use. It seems N'Zogbia's leaving, whether thats to us or not remains to be seen. I hope spurs buy Santa Cruz, I hope they pay the 22 mil or whatever it is, that would make the laughing stock complete.
PTP
i have a feeling nzogbia wont be joining us.
Stig
N'zogbia...medical today.....
bentonm
bentonm - "insider" so what is the deal - straight cash or is Shorey on his way. Let us know!!
deano.avfc
Also u also said Hagelund was on his way - that has not happened!!
deano.avfc
also seen different blogs suggesting a medical is the only thing holding up the deal for N'Zogbia, hopefully its true. bobby robson once called him the most talented player he has ever seen and i believe he has seen a few players in his time. i know living up to the potential is a different matter though.
1982benny
my e key is misfiring
tarzan
The Zog transfer (if it happens) will dpend on whther they can land that Toulouse RB in time. The Mido deal delayed our Huskey arrival
tarzan
according to setanta sports we are about to sign elliot grandin from marseille.
Stig
Don't worry about temperment...they are more than a few guys in the Villa ccamp that will sort that out.
Steve64k
Imagine the look on Arse-ne face when he is told Walcott is a Villa fan and will be signing for us in the summer for a club record fee! I would wet my pants as it would be so funny. We are now THE club to be seen with and any player worth his salt wants to be involved in our revolution at Thriller Villa! God I feel so proud and long may it continue. My other wish list signings would be Micah Richards, Distin (pace and leadership qualities, able cover for Laursen), Sturridge, and an out of the hat quality capture midfielder who unlocks defences for our quality forwards. The latter will be unvieled by MON i'm sure!!!??
holte ender 1969
So does anyone think we'll actually sign anyone today? (today being effectively the last day of the transfer window). I can't see it myself but hopefully I will be presently suprised! UTV
MattUTV
The window closes on Monday @ 5pm, so there's still plenty of time.
evoflash
@ 5pm? That's a weird time to end it. That's a bit better then. Still not sure we'll sign anyone. As I said hopefully i'll be presently surprised!
MattUTV
I think (hope) we'll bring in at least one more player..... Please MON, give us a nice suprise to push us on for the rest of the season! Distin is a great call, would be very happy to add him to our squad along with Zog and Sturridge. UTV!
splatt
I think we may see something hapen now with N'Zogbia as Newcastle are about to sign Nolan from Bolton. Not totally sure about his temprement though? Do we want someone in the squad like him - never seen him play that well either [woeful against Pool over xmas!]? People will do strange things when they are desperate to leave though - like go on strike!
AVGD
Boro now being linked with Nicky Shorey
The Fear
Nolan is a CM, I think thats cover for Barton rather than Nzog. I'm still hoping for Michael Johnson, he was quality last season.
PTP
micah richards would be a fantastic signing. can't get excited about n'zogbia though. Seems he fell out with Kinnear because he got his name wrong. What a baby!
GOAV
Spurs have offered 10m plus Bent for RSC.
tarzan
apparently steve bruce wants charles insania at wigan
GOAV
I know what you mean GOAV but i can also see why n'zogbia was *****ed, he can't feel very highly valued if kinnear doesn't even know his name. Its not as if hes a new manager either.
NorthcliffeBandit
I hate spurs.
medzy
well said, me too.
johnmurphy3112
i just don't get spurs, never have. the latest dealings from them only compound this. what are they doing?? its like a revolving door! harry redknapp and rafa benitez get my vote for 'biggest d**kheads in football management'... that said...., not sure who we'll end up with by next week. but a defender and a wide player seem to be on the cards. throw in a super creative midfielder and i'll be happy.
leftfoot
another bit of gossip suggesting Micah Richards to Villa. If only it was true.
holte ender 1969
We must get Valencia before Man U and as i said all last season GILES BARNES.
koolbill
could not agree more leftfoot
Carlos cuellar 1
Barnes is at fulham i think
medzy
latest Sunday gossip article on the front page now. Will we get anyone do you think? Hard to call, the link to Man City players isn't that promising I don't think because the buggers don't need the cash!
The Fear
Its not always down to money, the players themselves may feel they need to move on if there is no future for them at citeh. Plus moving to villa is a step up for them.
johnmurphy3112
n'zogbia is average let wigan have him.
chris the villan
I hate spurs and their smug fans too i really hope they get relegated.
chris the villan
lol @ chris the villan I couldn't agree more mate
The Usual Suspect
looking at spuds,the toon and citeh doesnt it make you happy to be a villa fan.
johnmurphy3112
Would love to see Bent signing tomorrow, our last signing being a quality striker to help Villa reach a cup final or two.
col8
I would pay to see them 3 go down.
NorthcliffeBandit
Bent, Richards and Downing and ill jizz in my pants
medzy
Think you'll probably have to stick to your usual methods for that medzy, although I'll join you if we get them 3.
PTP
Richards not coming, after we get shut of ben-haim, no cover and we can't find a CB to replace. Bent is on his way, but to who? Dowing can't go Boro in big trouble and need him to survive.
Buzz Lightyear
Come On!!!! Two QUALITY signings could make our season and could pay for themselves if we achieve 4th place - seize the moment MON this is an amazing opportunity for us, don’t let it slip by. Hijack a few transfers – have a crack at a big name, the Russian is back on board his jet, get him flown into Birmingham!!! UTV.
26.05.82
I hope they dont extend the transfer window, another 2 days of agony!!
johnmurphy3112
Dos santos???
medzy
Not sure about Dos Santos Medzy, sadly I think we're going to be dissapointed - still there's a few minutes to go - fingers crossed. Come on MON/Randy do your best.
26.05.82
Ill be so vexed if nothing happens. Ive got the upmost respect for Mon but i feel we need to strengthen for our last push. Every1s signing people but us. Its so frustrating. Its not as if we havent had time. I hardly see Heskey as a push for a top 4 place. Sorry
medzy
with keane heading south, could villa make a last ditch effort to secure d.bent?
azton villain
That's it - the window's shut!
26.05.82
Lucky that we have a big enough squad to get us through to the end of the season and maintain our current Champions League place.
Hoss The Villain
For ***** sake.
medzy
martin oneil is a complete joker ! very frustrating in transfer windows when he is manager i think evry team has atleat made a bid for a player apart from us! weve spent 3.5 million so we may as well settle for mid table and it is all martin oneils fault ABSOULUTLY SHOCKING
Carlos cuellar 1
That's it, I'm changing my name!! FFS...that was so frustrating!! We have never had a better chance to finish in the top 4, if not the top 2/3 and I think we may just regret not spending more in this window. Why were weren't in for players like Keane, Defoe and N'Zogbia is beyond me
In MON we trust!
I don't understand!!! MON has known and stated we needed to strenghten the squad, we've had plenty of time to do it, if we couldn't get our first choices surely he should have added a couple of players? Insomnia might not of been top of the list, but he would added to the squad and provided cover - not saying we should have signed him, it's just an example of someone we could have signed and would have strengthened the squad - there must be other examples. Lets hope that we're lucky with injuries and suspensions, we've got a long way to go in the premier league, in the UEFA and the FA Cup!!!
26.05.82
There you go then chaps. Thanks for the company and comments over the last month. Lets hope that we can stay where we are until the end of the season, I still think we can!

Interesting comment on Vital Arsenal

Villa have spent £4million on Heskey when they could have had him for free in the summer. Why because its a starement of intent on where they want to be next season, on the face of it its a waste of £4million but the reality is its a great bit of business when your trying to push a club forwards. I guess by 5pm we will know where this club is heading in the near future. (iceman)
The Fear
MON and Randy - I wouldn't change you for anyone else, but... I would change your transfer philosophy. Don’t leave it until the last minute - ever, especially when so much is at stake, 4th place or better!!!! How an earth didn’t you add and improve to our small squad? Gutted, gutted, gutted, this could cost us dearly.
26.05.82
One thing you have to hand to spurs though, they dont fool around where transfers are concerned. They're determination to get their man is second to none. Cant stand em.
medzy
Perhaps not now Medzy - but that Spanish fella was a bit of a tw*t!
26.05.82
will remove this thread in the next day or so! Got to look at where we are in the league and have faith. Would have LOVED to see us go for a WOW player but MON has his ways and at the moment they are working, so will have to trust him! I don't think this one is for the lack of trying, I really don't. Trouble is who would want to sell to us whilst riding so high? Not THAT many 'big' transfers either.
The Fear
So when shall we start the summer transfer window thread!!!!!!!!!! :o)
The Fear
Fear - understand, just showing my frustration! To counter your comment about clubs not wanting to sell to us when we're riding so high - wouldn't PLAYERS look at us more favourably when we're doing so well? As so many have previously posted - this was the time to add for the (not so) final push - we've got such a good opportunity to really achieve something this season, surely that opportunity is slightly diminished by not signing a couple of players, even if we have to pay a little over the odds - something that MON has stated he doesn't mind doing. I JUST DON'T UNDERSTAND!!!!
26.05.82
As long as we finish 4th i wont look back on this and think "Mon you plonker, if only....." It would be a great shame if something awful happened to key players and prevented the dream from happening. Even a couple of loan signings wouldnt have gone a miss. Gutted by today but happy with Mon. Who are we to judge his methods afterall.
medzy
Yes, agree 26.05.82 but say we were after Micah Richards, Michael Johnson and Sturridge (who I think is a bang on 100% for us in the summer). Man City don't need the money so could have just re-buffed any offers.

Hope we don't look back on this as a missed opportunity, just not sure who/what we could have got. If we were 10th or below, I'd be far more p*ssed off and did really want to see a WOW player, but maybe we just couldn't get what we wanted? Baffling maybe, frustrating defo but maybe more so for MON and the board? Being in the top four just keeps me more relaxed, just got to pray that JC, Heskey, Gabby along with the good team behind them can do the business. If we finish in the top 4 at the end of the season, surely THEN we'll see a great influx and will find it far easier to attract some 'big names' Going to be an interesting run in until the end of the season.

I honestly don't know if I'm just losing my anger as I get older or just thrilled and excited at the fact the politics that set Villa backwards for so long are over. I'm just loving these days and although I don't fully understand HOW O'Neill is doing it, he seems to be doing it! Long may that continue! lol
The Fear
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The Fear
Ok JF – still think it was a little naive if we were after the Citeh players, anyone would of told MON that they didn’t need the cash and it wasn’t going to happen, but we still needed to add to the squad so trying to bring in Sturridge, Richards and Johnson should have been the B plan as it was unlikely to happen – where was the A plan? OK – OK end of negativity from me – UP MON – UP RANDY and UP THE MIGHTY VILLA – COME ON!!!!!
26.05.82
I told you lot to stop getting excited about finishing in the top 4. Forget it. Surely years of supporting Villa has taught you to expect dissapointment. I've succumed to this and I never expect anything other than a total Villa fu*k up!
PiperUK
Piperuk you must be a bluenose in disguise or the idiot that was booing MON and the team on saturday, very defeatest and downbeat. look at the table, the talent on the pitch, the stability of the club etc etc. did you want him to buy any old rubbish just for the sake of it? things are great for us and if we get behind the club it can only get better.UTV
johnmurphy3112
to be honest I have no idea how we have the nerve to question MON, jesus look where we are, every transfer window we moan, and every time he proves us wrong, and I for one think hell do it again, lets wait till summer and see what happens.
eltoro
he'll
eltoro
I cannot believe some villa supporters, every transfer window all they can do is complain and actually have the nerve to question one of the leagues great managers, will you ever be happy, every year we improve, every year we get compared to the likes of spurs, who spend fortunes, and all they do is go round in circles making no improvement. As for the likes of piperuk, why bother with a attitude like that you should jump ship and get yourself a season ticket at st andrews, they will meet your low expectations...
Eircol
re Jan Transfer window It was real and it was fun. I wouldn't say that it was real fun, though.
attila11101
lets move on - Mr FEAR you can now blow the final whistle on this quite ordinary match for all teams involved. I have to laugh at Spurs tho.
Steve64k
WHO said that the transfer window is closed yet....thanks to the weather yesterday, we may have a surprise or two..... :)
bentonm
What? Do you think we re-signed Baros and Jlloyd?
Hoss The Villain
I wouldn't mind Cahill & Mellberg back though.....
bentonm
ha, don't start bentonm, think we've had enough of the window now, lets get back to the football! lol
The Fear
Players should never return to old Clubs, the expectation from the fans is always greater than before and gets to the player.
Hoss The Villain
Just a footnote to answer my critics. I am 100% Villa, I have a season ticket for the North Stand and I am a realist. We are Aston Villa. We do not play in the Champions League. We do not win stuff. We always blow it. I do not have any false hopes. The team has broken my heart to many times. End of.
PiperUK
And I did not boo MON. I never would. The last Villain I booed was Savo, but come on, he did deserve it.
PiperUK
Pier - so you do boo then.....At one time or another Villa have let everyone down....that is b4 Lerner/MON. This is the reason we keep coming back ... it's called Loyalty, Hope for better times - we are sitting in the top 4 in Febuary whilst 3 years ago we were staring at the abiss. If this doesn't inspire you then you might as well burn your season ticket and take up watching crouqet.
Steve64k
thats piper not pier
Steve64k
piperUK, glass always half empty for you then! Or should i say what fudging glass!! The club doesn't need your negativity and nor does this forum. There has been a sense of achievement thus far and everyone can see that we are holding our own in the top four. We even have the nickname "thriller Villa"! I am very proud to support this Villa team and the best is still yet to come. Have faith for a change. Next you'll be saying that father christmas isn't real and how sad you are:p
holte ender 1969
"WE SHALL NOT BE MOVED............."
medzy
attila11101 was that a greenday quote?!
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