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The Villa Times - 04/06/2007

The Villa Times - 04/06/2007

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The gossip from the weekends press included Jason Koumas, Michael Kightly, Luke Young and an exit for Liam Ridgwell. Full article: Click Here

West Bromwich Albion midfield playmaker Jason Koumas has confirmed that there is interest from Aston Villa. He said: 'I've known about it, so it's no surprise. I'll have a break and decide what I'm going to do in a couple of weeks.'

Some reports are suggesting that Sunderland are hoping to beat Villa to the signature of £2million rated West Bromwich Albion defender Paul Robinson. Ho hum!

Ashley Young says he doesn't mind where he is played next season, as long as he is played! Full article: Ashley Young - I'll Play Anywhere

Shaun Maloney says Villa will be hot next season. The 24-year-old said: 'Next season will be a big one for everyone at the club. We really want to push into the top half of the table. Everybody in the team is looking forward to next season. There will be new players coming in but it's good to have people challenging for places. We will all have to step up a level.'

PR from one of my best mates and amongst the finest of all Villa fans (this is the man who has been to Old Trafford for something like the last 3000 years waiting for a win as it is the only away ground he's yet to see us win at!) Villa Fan In Romanian Trek

Questions to the Vital Manchester City editor on Joey Barton. All a bit academic now as he looks Newcastle United bound! So what IS Joey Barton Like?

Bill Howell of the Birmingham Mail says that Middlesvilla, sorry Middlesbrough are interested in signing Luke Moore. So they should be, but they, like all comers, can sod off! Full article: Luke Moore Boro Link Rubbish!

Villa boss Martin O'Neill has flatly denied he is showing Northern Ireland midfielder Steven Davis the door following several paper reports claiming he will be allowed to leave for a fee of around £5million. Full article: Steven Davis Has Villa Future

Villa legend Ian Taylor has thanked the Villa fans for his fond farewell. Hundreds of Villans travelled to Sixfields to see Ian Taylor's last game. The former Villa midfielder told the official site: 'It was great that so many of them came along. It had been arranged beforehand that I would play for an hour and then come off, which is what happened. The crowd gave me a great reception as I left the pitch - and then I noticed the Villa fans were leaving the ground!'

According to the Birmingham Mail, Martin O'Neill wants Villa defender Martin Laursen to extend his stay at Villa Park having recovered from his career threatening knee injury. The Danish international has just one year left on his contract and Villa want the former AC Milan player to sign on longer as long as he can stay fit.

The Lancashire Post say that Burnley might have to pay £1million to secure the signing of Villa midfielder Eric Djemba-Djemba who was on loan at Turf Moor last season. Burnley manager Steve Cotterill said at the end of the season that the Djemba twins impressed in their 3 month loan spell and that he'd like to take them permanently. Full article: Jumper Jumper Sale At Villa?

Looks like soon to be former Villa midfielder Lee Hendrie might get his wish and stay in the Premiership (for one season anyway!) after Derby County showed an interest. The 30-year-old midfielder, who is a free agent this summer, said: 'My dad has always played a big role with my contracts and it will be the same again. He spoke to Derby last Sunday and thinks there might be something there for me. Derby didn't want to make any decisions until after the play-off final. They have gone up to the Premiership so that would be a good option.'

Reserve keeper Robert Olejnik, aka The Beast, is set to join Scottish team Falkirk when his contract expires on July 1st having been told his contract won't be renewed.

Goalkeeper Stephen Henderson has also left, going to Bristol City, after being released.

Villa have announced who our first home pre-season friendly opponents in 12 years will be. They are a smallish team, not sure you'll even have heard of them, they have virtual unknowns play for them, people like, Patrick Vieira, Zlatan Ibrahimovich, Olivier Dacourt, Adriano, Walter Samuel and Hernan Crespo. Yup, Italian giants Inter Milan are coming to Villa Park on Saturday August 4 (ko 3pm).

Thought for the day: 'If at first you don't succeed, destroy all evidence that you even tried'.

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

Writer:J P Fear
Date:Monday June 4 2007
Time: 4:17PM


Todays Sky Sports indicates that we are tracking McShane, Koumas and Robinson from the Yawnthorns. So I have asked my Albion season ticket holding mate what they are like. This guy also sees about 50% of Villa home games. He says of McShane that he is positionally naive, very poor going forward and isn't a patch on Aaron Hughes. Robinson is apparently 29 years old and a great tackler but is very slow and not good enough for the top division. Koumas is a great player in his opinion, if he is allowed freedom to go where he wants and not have responsibility to track back. He believes that Koumas would make a useful addition to the squad but questions wether he is better than what we have. I asked him if he prefered Steven Davis to Koumas? The answer was an unequivacal yes. He believes that Davis is already a better player than Koumas ever will be.
05/06/2007 10:23:00
If we buy Mcshane or Robinson i shall cry like a big baby,Koumas is a quality player who has the ability to go past players and create,Davis has to wait for his chance centrally in Midfield as he struggles wide unlike Koumas but i hope he is willing to do that.
05/06/2007 10:41:00
McShane is quality.
05/06/2007 12:35:00
i bet u we sign none of those players. any takers?
05/06/2007 13:33:00
Bet you a quid we get Koumas
05/06/2007 14:08:00
ric112 I am with you on this. Agents and press. That is all it is. Micah Richards, Okey Cokey and Darren Bent in for a combined £25 million. The Twins, McCann, Hendrie and Jlloyd out for £3 million. Ensure we keep Moore and Davis and only let Ridgewell and Sorenson go if we have a better replacements lined up. This would leave me feeling in damn fine fettle for the season ahead.
05/06/2007 14:19:00
This Wolves kid Kighly is getting a lot of attention. Not the star name type player we want, but he sounds an exciting prospect.
07/08/2007 13:40:00
Lot of talk, but no action.
22/09/2007 22:54:00
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