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Villa's Massive Double Dutch Swoop?

Dutch newspaper Arnhemse Courant is reporting that Aston Villa have made a double 15million Ajax swoop.

The paper claims the bid is for Ryan Babel and 23-year-old Wesley Sneijder.

Seems Villa are close but no cigar as the Dutch club want nearer 18million for the pair.

20-year-old Babel plays either as a striker or left winger and has 14 goals for Ajax and 4 for Holland. Sneijder is an attacking midfielder with 43 club goals to his name and 6 for Holland.

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The Journalist

Writer: J P Fear Mail feedback, articles or suggestions

Date:Monday June 18 2007

Time: 12:25PM

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That would be pretty exciting. Come on RL/MON. What's another 3 million!?
Adam Deuce
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18/06/2007 12:32:00

18 mill,thats pretty cheap for them 2! c'mon Randy thats pocket change 4 you! lol. UTV
Belfast Villain
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18/06/2007 12:36:00

So is this paper the Daily Star or The Independant of Holland? It would be interesting to see how much truth there is behind this rumour. Come on MJ, put the Dutch connection to use and splash the cash. By the way, 18 million is nothing for two superstars!!!
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18/06/2007 12:37:00

30 million for both would not be over the top by any means!! If Bent is worth 17m both these guys are worth at least that. They would be the biggest signings Villa make of all time.
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18/06/2007 12:43:00

Ryan Babbel wants to join Arsenal,This sounds like pure speculation.
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18/06/2007 12:43:00

would be great
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18/06/2007 12:46:00

Have it! Now that would silence some critics!
The Usual Suspect
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18/06/2007 12:48:00

the greatest speculation i have heard so far. if it happens, i'll be a very happy man. and my Tottenham friend would get a lot of jib.
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18/06/2007 12:52:00

Now this sounds more like it. The 3m difference between offer and demanded price is made up from the sale of the players who have left, so go for it. They are worth the asking price.
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18/06/2007 13:02:00

We are getting excited about some gossip from some paper in Holland.I couldn't even find it on the internet.I think we should calm down for the moment.
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18/06/2007 13:06:00

This would be awesom but I cann't find anything on this either, where has it come from, any links?? When does pre-season training start, about 3 weeks away is it? i think MON was quoted saying that he wants all if not most of his "pieces" together by then so it could be a very bust next couple to three weeks.
melbourne holte ende
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18/06/2007 13:15:00

This would be the big signings the board have been getting excited about, it would be immense if this happened. But however the likelihood in my eyes in next to nothing : (
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18/06/2007 13:16:00

"Villa's Massive Double Dutch Swoop". Ooh, do I like the sound of that!
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18/06/2007 13:21:00

Babel is going to Arsenal.But I am still holding out on Sneijder and Huntelaar.Pre-season starts on the 4th July so the next couple of weeks will be interesting.All the players are starting to come back from Holidays so the clock is ticking.I presume he will want most if not all in before he goes to the States.Come on Villa...By the way when Bent turned West sham down I nearly p!ssed myself.All that money and still ....Naahhh!!
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18/06/2007 13:23:00

90% of stories going round are blatantly fabricated. but we wouldn't go on this site if we didn't get excited about the possibility of them being true. i would love it if this story is for real but im not gonna believe it until i see it.
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18/06/2007 14:31:00

can any one help me when do ST get issued i'm still waiting on mine
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18/06/2007 14:52:00

Fear - Just searched the length and breath of the internet for this story... Have you a source? Not that I don't believe you ;-) (Though who can blame me - some would class you as a journalist after all!) .
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18/06/2007 15:21:00

ITSOTP. Other than that it is just agents manipulating the press. No change there then.
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18/06/2007 15:23:00

this could be true; nothing has been said about sneijder in ages, babel has a release clause in his contract of something like 9-10m given Nani and Anderson cost 17m each this is a bargain! i wouldnt mind us paying 5m more to have huntelaar not babel; but thats being fussy :-P
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18/06/2007 15:36:00

We'll all soon see in teh next few weeks
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18/06/2007 15:55:00

bazzah, details were emailed to me following the paper article in Holland. All speculation until they are in the shirt, on the pitch, but at this time of year, a bit of speculation doesn't go amiss I don't think, especially with the link to Sneijder continually re-appearing!
The Fear
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18/06/2007 16:16:00

Agreed Fear - Being linked to top draw players can after all be viewed as good press. Take West Ham for example, they have been linked to good players, but when they make huge bids accepted and players refuse to join the club for footballing reasons - that is not good press. The same could be said for the porn barons in Small Heath. I've just watched the latest instalment of Villa TV News and MO'N seems so relaxed and confident when answering questions on possible signings. He doesn't disclose details of targets for the coming season and suggested that at this stage if he were to disclose we will laugh!!?! My interpretation of this is that we will be aiming for the champions league... from the off! Watch the interview, not only is it interesting because of the language and expressions used by MO'N, but it also raises the question of what happened to Jack Woodward's facial carpet? UTV - In Martin we trust!
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18/06/2007 17:15:00

Don't get your hopes up...
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18/06/2007 17:37:00

Much as I would like to see Sneijder and either Huntelaar or Babel in a Villa shirt this season, I reckon there is about as much chance as there is of Karren Brady winning a beauty contest!! Godworeno5, season tickets usually come in the 2nd half of July. UTV SOTC
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18/06/2007 17:56:00

The Dutch newspaper the printed this is apperantly biased against Ajax and very much pro Arnheim. So draw your own conclusions. Could be just trying to unsettle the players.
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18/06/2007 20:29:00

would be good signings but I am not convinced there is any truth in this one i hate rumours !!!! Id love a signing though.
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18/06/2007 21:22:00

Karren Brady....I probably would have a few years back! Used to drink a lot more then though!
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19/06/2007 02:22:00

Much as I would like to see Sneijder and either Huntelaar or Babel in a Villa shirt this season, I reckon there is about as much chance as there is of Karren Brady winning a beauty contest!! Godworeno5, season tickets usually come in the 2nd half of July. UTV SOTC Rickymeister... So its pretty possible then :) I think shes hot lol even if she is blue nose scum shes like an older britney spears
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19/06/2007 11:23:00

Yeah but Britney is bald now, LOL!!!
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19/06/2007 11:44:00

hi guys im new to all this chat room lark! just like to say hi and up the villa. oh and that ryan shneider and babel would be really good signings for us. I always sign them on champo!
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19/06/2007 16:25:00

they are very good but not sure they would want a seasons rest from European footie.......
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19/06/2007 16:28:00

Ryan Shneider - better put that on the rumours thread.
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19/06/2007 16:38:00

According to my dutch friend, this is a local regional paper, but it is a pretty reliable source usually. Maybe things are looking up ??
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19/06/2007 22:59:00

yeah but shes still gorgeous even if she is bald, this deal is SOOO gonna happen, just wonder how everyone fits into the first team with forlan bidded for too, one of last years signings will be benched if reo coker comes too
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20/06/2007 09:38:00

Suddenly it's popular to go the double!
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20/06/2007 13:26:00

Sounds like another speculative, highly dubious media report to me. I'll take it with a pinch of salt and the contempt it no doubt deserves. Whoever dreams these player/club connections up certainly provides us with amusing anecdotes to help pass away the summer respite.
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20/06/2007 13:49:00

Would still love it though.
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20/06/2007 14:27:00

Agreed koolbill, would certainly show our intentions, but realistically, it aint gonna happen, not for a variety of reasons.
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22/06/2007 13:15:00


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